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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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Dechert expands in US with West Coast office

Transatlantic firm Dechert is ramping up its US presence and opening up its first office on the West Coast. The firm is setting up a practice in Newport Beach, which is about 30 miles south of Los Angeles in Orange County. The office will focus on financial services work for some of the firm’s key […]

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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Pearson Television form independent production company Fresh Productions. Jamie Oliver and Pearson advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Tara Donovan, Neil Vickers). Elderstreet Capital Partners makes £3.2m investment in Cataloga; first round backers Kennet Capital also make investment. Cataloga advised by Kemp & Co (Lucy Vernall). Elderstreet Capital and Kennet advised […]

Philipson's death creates Thyssen hole

Trevor Philipson QC, one of the lead counsel in the court battle over Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza’s estimated £1.2bn fortune, has died aged 52. Philipson was one of three lead counsel in the Bermuda Thyssen case, which recently ground to a halt after Judge Mitchell stepped down. Philipson’s wide-ranging practice included international arbitration, aviation, civil […]

Skadden Arps represents animal testing company against activists

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is advising Huntingdon Life Sciences and its backer, Stephens Group, on their US-based action against various animal rights organisations. Huntingdon is a contract research organisation that tests chemicals on animals on behalf of a variety of manufacturers. It has increasingly been targeted by animal rights activists and has filed […]

Book review

New Masters of Flash by Tomas Jankowski et al, published by Friends of ED (ISBN 1903450039) It should be said at the outset that this is not the sort of book that you will impulse buy. And at £43 you are unlikely to get it on expenses without an eyebrow being raised. You will not […]

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