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Polish law considerations: advance amount versus earnest money

This article is to discuss legal issues that may arise under Polish civil law in connection with the conclusion of a preliminary sale agreement and payment by the purchaser prior to execution of the final sale agreement of the amount which may be classified, depending on the parties’ decision, either as an earnest money (in […]

Poland reforms law to facilitate business activity

As of 30 April 2018, a package of five legal acts adopted on 6 March 2018 aimed at facilitating business activity entered into force in Poland. The legal acts are: Entrepreneurs Law Act;  Act on Ombudsman for Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs; Act on the rules for participation of foreign entrepreneurs and other foreign persons in […]

HMRC loses in specie contribution claim before the FTT

By Patrick Shee Self-Invested Personal Pensions, or SIPPs, have been under HMRC’s microscope for a number of years, but in a recent decision the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) ruled against HMRC, finding that Relief at Source (RAS) for non-cash or in-specie contributions should be given to individuals. In Sippchoice Limited v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 12 the […]

The Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines and their effect on business

By Adrian Mansbridge New Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences came into force on 1 February 2016; since then, there has been a significant increase in fines. What is clear from our analysis is that efforts by government to deregulate and reduce the burden of health and safety compliance have, from a financial […]

Mozambique: New regulations on compulsory social security

By Sonia Reis and Neylla Gulamhussen Decree no. 51/2017 of 9 October was approved as a result of the new challenges of Compulsory Social Security and seeks to adapt it to the current social situation. To achieve this, the Decree approves the Compulsory Social Security Regulations and came into force on 8 January 2018. The new […]

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Sidley Austin hires former Man Group GC after 10-year tenure

The group general counsel of Man Group Stephen Ross is to join Sidley Austin as co-head of London investment funds. The move follows the promotion of Man Group’s head of legal Jasveer Singh to general counsel last month, following Ross’s departure from the FTSE250 group (26 March 2013). Ross was formerly co-head of private equity […]

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Eversheds advocacy head returns to bar as in-house unit is phased out

The former head of Eversheds’ in-house advocacy unit Tom Keith has quit the firm to return to the bar, taking up tenancy at Devereux Chambers. Keith joined the firm from Fountain Court in 2006 to launch the in-house unit (25 September 2006), being made responsible for the firm’s advocacy strategy. Eversheds subsequently restructured its disputes […]

DLA Piper lawyer relocates to Tanzania

DLA Piper has announced that senior international energy infrastructure and finance lawyer Alexander Sarac has relocated to Tanzania. He is on international secondment to IMMMA Advocates — a member of the DLA Piper Africa Group. Sarac is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a qualified lawyer in Germany, and has been […]

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