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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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Twenty-one law firms have clubbed together to launch a pro bono scheme offering free advice on competition law issues. The scheme, which has been developed with the assistance of LawWorks (formerly the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group), was unveiled today (9 October) and can be accessed via the Office of Fair Trading’s website. Stakeholders in the […]

CC finance heads set for four more years

Clifford Chance is set to confirm Mark Campbell and David Dunnigan for another four years as heads of banking and capital markets. Partners were informed today that after the close of the nominations, no candidates had come forward to stand against the incumbents. There is now the formal process of a vote to confirm the […]

Australian law firms to make IPO history

Three small West Australian firms are set to make legal history with a proposed IPO and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Perth-based Integrated Legal Holdings (ILH) plans to raise $14m (£5.6m) through the IPO and intends listing on the ASX on 12 December according to a prospectus filed with the ASX on Monday […]

Usual suspects win work on Harrah’s bid

There were no surprises on last week’s private equity mega bid. When Apollo Management and Texas Pacific announced a $15bn (£7.97bn) bid for the US’s largest casino operator Harrah’s, all eyes were on their longstanding counsel. It was a safe bet. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton confirmed that it is acting for Texas Pacific, while […]

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Litigation powerhouse Shook Hardy & Bacon has a very simple strategy. Litigation powerhouse Shook Hardy & Bacon has a very simple strategy. “We plan to stick to our knitting,” says the firm’s chairman John Murphy. “Around 90 per cent of our work is complex litigation; that’s what we’re known for and that’s what we intend […]

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