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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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“The problem was more psychological than fundamental.” Veil Jourde managing partner Jean Veil succumbs to the national stereotype while shrugging off a series of partner losses. News “The commitment to performance we require is not for everyone and some people have left.” Blake Dawson Waldron managing partner John Atkin proves himself the king of understatement […]

Paraskeva secures post-Law Soc role at Civil Service

Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva is to succeed Baroness Usha Prashar as the First Civil Service Commissioner. Paraskeva will take up the part-time role next year, as her work at the Law Society winds down in the wake of its regulatory and representative split in January 2006. The Law Society said that she will […]

Deals round-up

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by Tobias Muller-Deku, has strengthened its relationship with Deutsche Bank after advising on the bank’s acquisition of Russian investment bank United Financial Group (UFG).

SJ Berwin strategists freed up as Blake secures top job

SJ Berwin is to refocus on its strategic review and international links after Jonathan Blake was confirmed as the firm’s next senior partner. Blake, currently head of European corporate finance and private equity, will take over as senior partner at the silver circle firm in May 2006, replacing outgoing senior partner of 13 years David […]

A good innings

On 27 June, in a story concerning the cricketing exploits of St Philips Chambers junior tenant Ed Williams, Tulkinghorn confidently predicted an England Ashes victory. “And by 2015, it wants to create a viable squad, capable of taking on the mighty English cricket team,” said the story of Williams’ project, “which Tulkinghorn confidently predicts will […]

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