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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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After spending more than 10 years practising in-house, Nomura’s chief general counsel has joined the UK law practice of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Claire Smith talks to Stephen Ball about the career opportunity he just could not pass up. Nomura’s chief general counsel Stephen Ball says that he had a flood of job offers before […]

Sidley & Austin Hong Kong founder joins Herbert Smith

Sidley & Austin is losing one of the founding partners of its Hong Kong operation to Herbert Smith, just a year after the office was established. Simon Meng, who is qualified in New York and Paris, has joined Herbert Smith’s reg-ional project group as a consultant due to the Hong Kong Law Society’s restriction on […]

Forward looking firms will welcome flexibility

The Government has been consulting on regulations to implement the EC directive on part-time workers. These will ensure that part-timers have the same pro-rata rights to pay and benefits as full-timers. The aim is to raise the status of part-time emp-loyment and create conditions where more people are willing to vary their hours of work. […]

Crescendo appoints Nabarros

Nabarro Nathanson has won a client in leading global US venture capitalist Cres-cendo Ventures on its investments in UK start-up comp- anies. Nabarros advised Cres-cendo, which was in a consortium with venture capitalist 3i Group, on a £5.5m injection of capital into BreakerTech, an IT company which develops and sells e-commerce management software. Nabarros corporate […]

White & Case nabs partner for Tokyo

White & Case in Tokyo has recruited a partner from Washington DC law firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn. Hendrik Gordenker specialises in corporate and commercial deals for Japanese companies doing transactions abroad and non-domestic businesses setting up deals in Japan. He also works on energy project development and financing. His clients include Japanese […]

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