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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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Six partners quit Dewey for NY’s Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Dewey & LeBoeuf has seen a further six partners leave the firm, with a team of insurance and tax lawyers quitting to join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in New York. Transactional insurance partner James Dwyer, insurance partner Jeffrey Mace and insurance regulatory partners John Pruitt and Cynthia Shoss are set to move to Sutherland alongside […]

Switzerland’s Lachenal and Meyerlustenberger seal merger

Swiss firms Lachenal & LeFort and Meyerlustenberger have merged to create an 85-lawyer outfit with offices across the country. The merger comes less than two years after Lachenal’s creation. The firm was formed after partners from the Geneva office of Pestalozzi broke away due to differences of opinion over strategy and the future collaboration between […]

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Cautious optimism was the predominant theme at a more subdued Mipim this year, with lawyers intent on wooing the few cash-rich players Simon Cookson, London real estate head, DLA Piper Although this Mipim saw fewer attendees than previous years, that did nothing to dampen people’s appetite to explore opportunities. There was a businesslike approach and […]

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Judgment call: 26 March 2012

The term ’workforce’ in the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 reg.7(2) did not include limited companies.  Employment Meter U Ltd v Ackroyd; Meter U Ltd v Hardy & Ors. Unreported. Employment Appeal Tribunal. Slade J; A Harris; M McArthur. 28 February 2012 The term ’workforce’ in the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection […]

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