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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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DLA to shed 40 jobs across UK offices

DLA Piper has launched a redundancy consultation that could lead to up to 40 job losses across its UK offices. The firm is reviewing 15 to 20 fee-earning roles related to real estate and finance across a number of practice groups in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow. The redundancy consultation will also put […]

Partner deed lies at heart of Hammonds profits dispute

When is a former partner still a ­partner? This is the key question that Mr Justice Warren has the hard task of answering. The judge is stuck in the middle of a highly technical but extremely important case about law firm partnerships, which could change the shape of ­partnership deeds at all law firms. Warren […]

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FFW in jobs consultation with 175 support staff

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has launched the largest redundancy consultation of the UK legal market so far, after starting talks with 175 support staff in London. The firm has 300 support staff, but has said that it is trying to minimise the losses, adding that at least 40 positions are under threat. A spokesperson for […]

Slaughters, SJ Berwin advise in BA-Qantas merger

Slaughter and May and SJ Berwin have profited from their longstanding ties with British Airways (BA) and Qantas, advising the two respective airlines on their proposed merger. Slaughters and its best friends have had close links to BA for a long time, most recently advising the firm on the BA/Iberia link-up (30 July 2008). Likewise, […]

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White & Case unveils new management structure

White & Case unveils new management structure” />White & Case has revamped its management structure for the second time in two years, electing new practice and regional group heads. Earlier this year The Lawyer revealed that the US firm was overhauling its management structure to create regional and practice group divisions after management consultant McKinsey […]

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