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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 […]

Investing in Sao Tome and Principe

To promote private-sector growth and to improve the business environment in the country, São Tomé and Príncipe has implemented a series of legislative measures that establish favourable conditions for foreign investment. The main measures adopted that are of particular interest to investors include approval of the new São Tomé and Príncipe Investment Code and the […]

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Veale Wasbrough loses ‘Basil Fawlty’ discrimination claims for RCGP

Veale Wasbrough Vizards associate Michael Hasley has unsuccessfully defended the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) against a claim of sexual harassment and discrimination from a former employee. Claims of unfair dismissal and racial discrimination from the same former employee were not successful. The Central London Employment Tribunal heard that French porter Appadoure Basile, who […]

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Judgment call: 26 March 2012

The term ’workforce’ in the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 reg.7(2) did not include limited companies.  Employment Meter U Ltd v Ackroyd; Meter U Ltd v Hardy & Ors. Unreported. Employment Appeal Tribunal. Slade J; A Harris; M McArthur. 28 February 2012 The term ’workforce’ in the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection […]

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Cobbetts managing partner to step down from top job

Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw has announced that he is stepping down after 16 years in the role. Shaw will not seek re-election when his current term comes to an end later this year, but will instead become a consultant to the firm and a new managing partner will be elected. In a statement, Shaw […]

Federal agencies and Congress accelerate defence against cyber attacks — every private company will be affected

By John A Merrigan, Lawrence E Levinson and Sydney M White Online espionage has become a common threat for US corporations. FBI director Robert Mueller said: ‘There are only two types of companies — those that have been hacked and those that will be.’ The problem for companies is serious and goes beyond espionage by competitors and foreign […]

Minter Ellison’s former CFO pleads guilty to £1.8m theft

Minter Ellison’s former South Australian and Northern Territory chief financial officer Craig Raneberg has admitted stealing A$2.7m (£1.8m) from the firm at a hearing in an Australian court. Raneberg was arrested last October at Sydney Airport on his way to Thailand for allegedly defrauding his employer. The police reportedly started investigating Raneberg in June 2011, […]

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