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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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Simmons & Simmons gets green light for Singapore launch

Simmons & Simmons has been granted a licence to operate in Singapore by the state’s Attorney General’s Chambers. The new office will be the firm’s first in South East Asia and joins Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo as its fifth Asia office. Simmons will share office space in the Marina Bay Financial Centre with […]

Cat Griffiths index

Cash alone does not tempt associates

Last year we launched our inaugural City associate attitudes survey. The findings surprised anyone who assumed that junior and mid-level lawyers were obsessed with money; the firms they consistently ranked top were not the stony Wall Street practices but genial internationalists like Baker & McKenzie. A year on, austerity has, perhaps, made respondents more outspoken. […]

Exclusive remedies clauses: UAE law and the common law

An exclusive remedies clause provides that a party’s remedy for breach of contract is restricted to the form of redress expressly prescribed in the contract to the exclusion of all other remedies that would otherwise be available at law. Such a clause means that a party’s rights and liabilities are codified in the contract. Exclusive […]

Lend Lease legal chief parts company with construction giant

The senior legal counsel of construction giant Lend Lease, Alistair Cutts, is understood to have left the role as the business scales back its European arm. Sources said Cutts parted company with Lend Lease in recent week. A spokesperson for Lend Lease refused to comment further but did confirm the group’s drive to downsize. A […]

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