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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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Freshfields closes Singapore with HK transfers

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has finally closed its Singapore office, relocating the last two partners to its Hong Kong operation. As first reported by The Lawyer (25 September 2006), the firm decided to close its Singapore office to focus instead on China. The changes follow the shock departure last week of the firm’s China head to […]

Freshfields wins back Astrazeneca’s UK work

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has reinstated itself as AstraZeneca’s main UK firm for big M&A deals, scooping a key role on the company’s $15.6bn (£7.78bn) purchase of MedImmune. Freshfields held off a chasing pack of City heavyweights, including Herbert Smith and Linklaters, which all have links with AstraZeneca. There is intense competition for AstraZeneca’s corporate work […]

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Blackstone Chambers’ joint head of chambers Ian Mill QC is something of a frustrated actor, Tulkinghorn has learnt. While at university Mill made every effort to secure a role as an extra in the 1980s classic Chariots of Fire, which was being filmed in his college and ultimately went on to win an Oscar. Unfortunately […]

Too little too late? Slaughters plays catch-up in the private equity race

True to form, Slaughter and May is king of the boardroom this quarter. The firm is advising Alliance Boots on the £11.1bn management buyout backed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR); MyTravel on its merger with Thomas Cook; and it started 2007 with a bang, advising Corus. No wonder average profit per equity partner (PEP) is […]

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