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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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Squire Sanders and Mayer Brown have emerged as the biggest fallers in the main table contained in this year’s Global Litigation Top 50 report (9 December 2013), The Lawyer’s exclusive analysis of the world’s top 50 litigation practices by revenue. The US firms slipped seven and nine places respectively in the table, which is ranked by […]

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

By Jeffrey L Hare, Christopher N Steelman and Evan R Minsberg Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) to generally prohibit any banking entity from engaging in […]

Ignore requests to mediate at your peril

In Halsey v Milton Keynes General NHS Trust [2004] EWCA Civ 567, the Court of Appeal held that the court should not compel parties to mediate; however, a refusal to engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) could amount to unreasonable conduct and expose a party to cost penalties. The court has taken this principal further […]

Shoosmiths appoints Simon Edwards as partner in its national commercial team

Shoosmiths has hired Simon Edwards to its national commercial team. Edwards brings with him extensive commercial contracts expertise and specific experience in a number of sectors, including automotive, food and drink and facilities management. Joining from Wragge & Co, where he was a senior associate, Edwards specialises in commercial contract work and has been lead […]

No5 Chambers’ Emma Edhem receives recognition from Eduplus in Turkey

No5 Chambers’ Emma Edhem has received an award from Eduplus in Turkey for leadership in her field. The summit was held in Istanbul on 28 November. Previous winners include various high-ranking chief executive officers of major corporations and the head of the Investment Agency for Turkey in the UK. Edhem delivered a speech after receiving […]

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