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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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Dramatic news reached Tulkinghorn last week about rumours of a brand new boutique formed by three Bird & Bird partners. The shock value stems primarily from the fact that one of the partners, technology specialist Simon Shooter, has only been with the firm for two months, having joined earlier this year as part of the […]

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The Italian legal market is set to go through some of the most radical changes in its history, as the government puts in place the Bersani reforms to liberalise the provision of legal services. The reforms cover several industries and have proved controversial on the peninsula. Last year major cities were paralysed when thousands of […]

Pinsents brings in Camerons outsourcing specialist

Pinsent Masons has added a partner to its outsourcing practice, hiring Garfield Smith from CMS Cameron McKenna. Outsourcing specialist Smith was a senior associate at Camerons but joins Pinsents as a partner. In Smith’s place Camerons has promoted associate Yuban Moodley to the partnership in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) group. Smith becomes the […]

Sonnenschein opens in Dallas

Chicago-headquartered Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has launched a new office in Dallas, Texas. The office will be led by Matthew Orwig, US attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, who will join the firm on 1 June 2007 to serve as Dallas managing partner and national chair of Sonnenschein’s government litigation and investigations group. Joining […]

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