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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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Aussies create ‘parenting partner’

An Australian firm has created the position of ‘parenting partner’, understood to be a first, in a bid to bridge the gap between maternity leave and returning to work for lawyering mothers. Australia’s Holding Redlich named new mother Andrea Tsalamandris as its first parenting partner. Her role is that of a liaison, to help other […]

Gómez-Acebo set to launch in London

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has revealed plans to become the latest Spanish firm to open in London. Managing partner Manuel Martín said: “A London presence is now back on the 2007 agenda, but only as a base for Spanish lawyers.” The move follows the launch of Cuatrecasas’s City office in July this year and rumours surrounding […]

Clydes captures Holman partner for Asia push

Clyde & Co has boosted the number of lawyers in its Singapore office to 10 with the hire of Holman Fenwick & Willan partner John Champion. Champion joins Clyde’s Singapore insurance team along with one assistant, becoming the fourth partner in the small office. The hire comes less than a year after the firm launched […]

Freshfields and Slaughters bag 888 and Ladbrokes roles

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have won instructions from longstanding clients 888 and Ladbrokes to advise the companies on preliminary merger talks. Before President Bush effectively made internet gambling illegal in the US in October, Freshfields pledged to stand by 888 and its other online gaming clients while other City firms started to […]

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