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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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Pinsents considers making cash call

Pinsent Masons is looking into the potential of asking partners to put more cash into the business in a bid to boost its coffers. The firm has confirmed that a decision will be made in the autumn as to whether a cash call will be needed or not, but was unable to establish the value […]

Anheuser-Busch shuns Lovells in panel review

Lovells has lost out on a place on global drinks company Anheuser-Busch InBev’s legal panel due to its role advising rival SAB Miller. Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Howrey, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have all picked up roles on the global roster, with each specialising in specific areas. […]

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When Stone & Rolls secured independent litigation funding for its £90m claim against auditors Moore Stephens in January 2007 it did so in a flurry of publicity (The Lawyer, 5 January 2007). Nick Bird IM Litigation Funding provided the cash needed for the case to get to court. When Stone & Rolls lost the case […]

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Work Life Quiz: Anthony Markham, Maitland

Who’s your hero and why?Nelson Mandela, for his selfless leadership at a ­crucial time in South Africa’s history. Anthony Markham What was your first-ever job?A paper round in Crediton, Devon. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?Very early on, having to appear in open court on some minor application in the unexplained absence of […]

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