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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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Juror who skipped duty for Maltese holiday jailed for 56 days

A juror has been jailed for 56 days for going on holiday during a trial. Janet Chapman, from Blackpool, rang Preston Crown Court claiming to be suffering from sciatica when she was actually in Malta. She had been a jury member on the trial of a cash-in-transit robber being prosecuted by Ian Unsworth QC of […]

AXA Asia GC: The end game

Asia regional general counsel Johnny Cheung hopes his ambition to see a deal through to conclusion will stand him in good stead for AXA’s life insurance JV with ICBC Johnny CheungRegional general counsel for Asia, AXA Group Position: regional general counsel for AsiaIndustry: InsuranceReporting to: Group general counsel in ParisNumber of employees (global): 214,000Annual turnover […]

DLA Piper adds Goldman director to London partnership

DLA Piper has hired an executive director from Goldman Sachs to join its restructuring practice in London. Justin Conway, who was an executive director and senior counsel at Goldman, joins DLA Piper’s London restructuring practice as a partner. At Goldman, Conway provided transactional legal advice to the private distressed bank loan and high-yield loan trading […]

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Davis Polk builds English law practice with second Freshfields hire

Davis Polk & Wardwell has further bolstered its English law capability in London with the hire of another Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner. Tax lawyer Jonathan Cooklin, who heads the magic circle firm’s insurance tax group, has been a partner at Freshfields since 2001 and has practised at the firm for 19 years. He specialises in […]

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