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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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Ashurst hands top management role to Paris banking partner

Ashurst has appointed Paris banking partner James Collis as its new managing partner, replacing Simon Bromwich in the role. Collis will transfer to London after seven years in the Paris office, taking over in the senior role on 1 May. It is the first time that Ashurst has given the role to a Paris-based partner, […]

Motherhood is no bar

Women make the cut in this year’s QC round Contrary to popular perception, the bar is not such a bad place for mothers. Or so says Rebecca Sabben-Clare of 7KBW, one of 88 barristers to be made up in the latest silk round. This round, she says, is the first time “a posse of mothers […]

Linklaters and Sidley join cast on Glencore’s £3.9bn Viterra take-over

Linklaters and Sidley Austin have taken European roles on Swiss commodities trader Glencore’s acquisition of Canadian grain trading company Viterra in a deal that has given advisory roles to a raft of firms in Australia, Canada and the US. Glencore confirmed the CA$6.1bn (£3.9bn) deal in a stock market announcement, stating that Linklaters had advised […]

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Allen & Overy and Allen & Gledhill call time on tie-up talks

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill have called off tie-up talks after failing to agree terms. The two firms announced their decision today (26 March), four months after The Lawyer first revealed that they were holding exploratory talks (3 November 2011). A spokesperson for A&O said: “We’ve concluded our discussion with Allen […]

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Post-merger DAC Beachcroft snaps up Scotland’s Andersons

DAC Beachcroft is to take over Scottish firm Andersons Solicitors in a deal it believes will give a “more comprehensive” service to both firms’ insurer clients. The deal will go live on 3 September with the business north of the border operating under the name DAC Beachcroft Scotland. Andersons, which has offices in Glasgow and […]

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