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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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Mandatory exchange trading for swaps

By Byungkwon Lim, Emilie T Hsu and Aaron J Levy Beginning early next year, market participants may be required to execute certain interest rate swaps and credit default swaps on a designated contract market (DCM) or swap execution facility (SEF), rather than entering into such swaps over the counter. This trade execution requirement does not […]

Autumn Statement 2013 — tax highlights

By Mark Burgess, Simon Gough, Paul Rutherford, David Thompson and Richard Woolich We set out below a summary of key items of interest announced by the chancellor in the UK Autumn Statement. Corporate tax rates: the government remains committed to reducing the main UK corporation tax rate (currently 23 per cent) to 21 per cent from April 2014 and […]

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BLP employment head Younson quits

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) employment head Fraser Younson is leaving the firm today after seven years at the firm, The Lawyer understands. The former McDermott Will & Emery and Baker & McKenzie partner is understood to have resigned from two weeks ago. Former Jones Day employment litigation head Lisa Mayhew will take over as the […]

2013: the year of panel reviews

As 2013 comes to an end, news arrives of yet another panel review. Investment bank Nomura reappointed Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Linklaters, Mayer Brown and Travers Smith and also cheekily added Osborne Clarke, which had been dropped in 2010. The review follows last year’s restructure of its legal team. The year has seen a number […]

Collapsed SFO case puts Akin Gump in hot water

BREAKING: Wragges and Lawrence Graham sign merger deal The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is not being taken seriously. One of Britain’s biggest corruption trials collapsed yesterday, with the fraud agency blaming the withdrawal of key witnesses – two of whom are partners from US firm Akin Gump – on the sudden end to the case. […]

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