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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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Dickinson Dees bags Sainsbury’s

Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has won J Sainsbury as a new client.Dickinson Dees was first introduced to Sainsbury’s when it was on the other side of the supermarket chain’s £22m acquisition of Bells Stores from the Bells family. Sainsbury’s head of group legal services David Thurston said that, because he was impressed by Dickinson Dees’ […]

Osborne Clarke boasts record figures

Osborne Clarke has announced record end of year figures, with provisional profits per partner (PPP) rising by 30 per cent. Profits have risen to £303,000 from £233,000 in 2002-03. The hike takes the firm back above 2001-02 levels, when it recorded profits of £270,000. Revenues for 2003-04 are up by 6 per cent to £64m, […]

Opinion

It is five years since the most radical changes for more than a century were imposed upon the civil justice system. Lord Woolf’s reforms, which brought the new Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) regime into effect on 26 April 1999, were brought in under ‘Access to Justice’. The main impetus for the reforms were the delay, […]

Freshfields Paris elects new managing partner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected M&A and private equity lawyer Jean-Claude Cotoni as its French managing partner for a three year term. Cotoni succeeds Jean-Luc Michaud, who has been managing partner since 2001. Freshfields’ Paris office has 38 partners and 211 lawyers.

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