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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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Kirkland raids hedge fund for UK private equity partner

Kirkland & Ellis has further ramped up its London private equity capability with the hire of the general counsel and managing director of US hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Sam Pakbaz rejoins Kirkland after six years away from the firm, returning to the Chicago-based firm’s London office as a partner last Thursday (13 July). He […]

Running for the law

Keeping an eye on the legal community is no Monday-to-Friday, nine-to-five job. Last weekend Tulkinghorn was in Regent’s Park supporting Mrs Tulkinghorn and The Lawyer girls in a 5k run for Cancer Research. Lo and behold, Ashurst T-shirts were everywhere to be seen thanks to second-year trainee Katie Monk, who organised a team of 19 […]

It’s gloves off as the BPI attacks ISPs over filesharing

Tiscali and Cable & Wireless give short shrift to BPI demands. By Ben Moshinsky The music industry is not only rich and powerful, it is also raging a war against illegal filesharing. But after focusing its wrath on individual filesharers, music industry body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is now eyeing bigger prey – the […]

US firms keep marriages local

Plenty of US firms have taken a leaf out of Reed Smith‘s and Richards Butler’s book as the two firms look to complete their transatlantic merger following a successful partnership vote last month. But instead of a flurry of tie-ups across the pond, the US market is instead being bombarded by national link-ups. Pittsburgh-based law […]

DLA hires GM GC to boost Chinese operations

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired the former general counsel of Shanghai General Motors as a partner in its Shanghai office. Henry Wang is a US qualified lawyer with in depth experience of China’s motor industry. He also has experience in M&A, joint ventures or wholly foreign owned entities, IP, corporate financing, dispute resolution, […]

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