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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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Willkie Farr & Gallagher, led by partner Thomas Cerabino, advised investment fund Colony Capital on the $1bn (£570m) agreement to buy all the hotel interests of Singapore-based Raffles Holdings. The acquisition comprises 15 Raffles hotels and resorts and 26 from Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts in 35 locations. It also includes the legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore. […]

BHP Billiton hires new European legal chief

BHP Billiton has appointed a new regional counsel for Europe and Africa recruiting the former general counsel of Reuters. Stephen Mitchell takes up his position on 26th September taking over from Bill Smith who is returning to Australia in a senior counsel role for BHP Billiton. Mitchell is currently a consultant to Cable & Wireless […]

NZ firm appoints IBA chair as CEO

New Zealand law firm Bell Gully has recruited the chairman of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) law firm management committee as its new chief executive. Stephen Macliver, who was appointed chairman of the IBA committee earlier this year, will join Bell Gully next month, replacing Maggie Callicrate as chief executive. Callicrate has decided to return […]

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Revealed: the first ever investigation into the true level of partner earnings at thirty of the UK’s biggest law firms. By Catrin Griffiths The Lawyer’s groundbreaking research into average partner compensation will overturn many long-held assumptions about law firm financial management. It will no longer be enough to rely on equity partners’ profits to measure […]

EY Law survives defections as Central European firms reaffirm commitment

The law firms in Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) Central European area have reaffirmed their commitment to EY Law Europe, despite a fresh round of departures from the network. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (18 July), at a meeting of E&Y’s Central European area earlier this month, ‘law’ was recognised as the fourth service line of the accountancy-tied practice […]

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