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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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Clydes revenue held back by litigation slump

Clyde & Co’s half-year turnover has crept up by five per cent to £68m, with flat litigation and insurance work holding back corporate growth. Chief executive Peter Hasson said the effort the firm had put in to building its corporate and commercial practice since the last corporate boom had paid off, with non-contentious departments supplying […]

Slaughters slays the rest

You’ve got to hand it to Slaughter and May. At this rate the entire partnership will be millionaires, not just the ones at the top of the equity ladder. Just when Linklaters was catching up last year, it looks as if Slaughters will be pulling ahead again, with the mouthwatering prospect of £2.5m for each […]

Norr sweeps up Lovells’ axed Berlin office

Noerr Stiefenhofer Lutz has raided Lovells’ Berlin office of two partners and a team of associates, leaving Lovells’ Berlin office with only three partners. Lovells’ head of german project finance group, Alexander von Negenborn and engineering and construction disputes partner Olav Wagner, will leave Lovells’ Berlin office in January, taking a team of four associates […]

Women raise the bar

At the recent annual conference of the bar, one of the topics under discussion was – predictably – diversity. How can this ultra-traditional profession keep attracting women and ethnic minorities to practice?Last week 7 Bedford Row helped demonstrate one way, by electing one of its two female silks to the position of head of chambers. […]

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