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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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Slaughter and May is ceding its Paris office to best friend Bredin Prat in a significant coup for the elite French independent. The firms announced this morning (14 December) that they had come to an agreement. Details are still being confirmed, but Slaughters practice partner David Frank said the agreement is likely to see the […]

City firms well placed to cash in on launch of real estate investment trusts

Property lawyers have hailed the long-awaited confirmation of the introduction of real estate investment trusts (Reits), but have warned that crucial questions remained unanswered. City real estate practices expect to reap immediate rewards once Reits are introduced in mid-2006, but details of a conversion charge to offset Treasury tax losses are still missing. SJ Berwin property partner […]

SFO lawyers quit en masse citing red tape

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has suffered a spate of resignations across its legal departments, losing four lawyers during the past three months alone. A total of eight lawyers, including two senior lawyers, have left this year, which is around 13 per cent of the total number of lawyers across the organisation. The most recent […]

Watson Burton picks up Pinsent Masons chief

North East firm Watson Burton has poached Pinsent Masons‘ head of employment in a boost to its labour law practice. John McMullen becomes Watson Burton’s fourth employment partner and will be based in the firm’s Leeds office. McMullen is a European employment law specialist and also has considerable expertise in transfer of undertaking work. Litigation […]

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Gideon MooreFirm:LinklatersPartner since: 1999Educated: University of LondonKey Clients: Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch Gideon Moore arrived at Linklaters from Clifford Chance via the legacy Dibb Lupton Alsop in February 1999 and has since built up a nifty CV in hotly contested leveraged buyout (LBO) financings. In 2004 he advised JPMorgan on […]

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