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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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Merger failure leaves Dewey with $89m pensions black hole

Dewey Ballantine is facing a pensions deficit totalling $89m (£45.18m), The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. The firm, which ended its merger talks with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe on 4 January, will now have to meet its unfunded pension obligations alone. The pension deficit was among the issues that derailed the two firms’ merger talks earlier […]

Dow Lohnes wins role on New York Times sale

US private equity specialist Dow Lohnes has picked up its second high-profile media and communications deal in as many months, with the New York Times Company’s $575m (£292.85m) disposal of its broadcast arm to private equity house Oak Hill Capital Partners. Dow Lohnes picked up an instruction from Oak Hill Capital, while US firms Covington […]

LeBoeuf grows Paris with Linklaters raid

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae’s Paris office has continued the European hiring spree the firm has enjoyed of late, adding its first dedicated real estate lawyer with the hire of Linklaters associate Valérian Conrad-Bruat as counsel. The hire comes as the Paris office moved to larger premises over the weekend to accommodate the growth spurt […]

Simmons wins MoD role against all odds

Simmons & Simmons has managed to retain its leading role on one of the Ministry of Defence’s biggest ever outsourcing deals, despite being booted off the panel last year. The firm is advising the MoD on its new £16bn training program, outsourced to a joint-venture consortium led by QinetiQ and Land Securities Trillium. Herbert Smith […]

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