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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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Islamic finance presents firms with new opportunity to make their mark

Norton Rose, DWS and A&O are leading the way, says Lorraine Cushnie DP World’s groundbreaking sukuk; Gordon Brown’s announcement that he wants London to become the global Islamic finance centre; Lloyds TSB’s decision to launch sharia-compliant mortgages. Wherever you look, Islamic finance is in the news. It is one of the fastest-growing areas of international […]

BLP faces £3m client refund

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) may be forced to pay back up to £3m to long-standing client Alpha Airports for damages claimed to have arisen from the firm’s advice on a £7.5m catering contract with Icelandic charter airline Excel Airways. Alpha had its shares suspended in April until this week and has seen three top executives […]

White & Case wins Ashurst star

White & Case has poached M&A and corporate finance specialist Philip Broke from Ashurst as the US firm’s new co-head of the London corporate practice. Broke joins the New York-based firm as a partner and co-head of UK corporate alongside London senior partner Peter Finlay, focusing on M&A and corporate finance transactions involving investment banks, […]

DWS snares French ally for insolvency push

Denton Wilde Sapte has launched an association with French independent Poulain & Associés to strengthen its French insolvency expertise. The two firms began working together on 1 July, pooling their knowledge in restructuring and private equity work. The association is to be run by Poulain partner Philippe Matignon and Dentons partner Constantin Achillas. The new […]

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