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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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Paralegals half-trained, finds study

Paralegals are often ill-equipped to work in a modern legal practice, with many having received insufficient training from their firm, according to a Law Society study. Research by the society’s Research and Policy Planning Unit found 37 per cent of an estimates 25,000 non-solicitor fee earners in England and Wales believe they are under-trained. The […]

Allen & Overy rebuild in Hungary following split

City firm Allen & Overy is building up its own Hungarian law capability in Budapest following the acrimonious breakup last year of the firm’s exclusive arrangement with local practice Deri & Co. The appointment of Eva Hegedus, who comes from the Budapest office of German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wagner, Eszter Pakucs, who was […]

Andersens appeals Dutch MDPs ban

Arthur Andersen is gearing up for a High Court challenge in Holland against a ban on multidisciplinary partnerships. Arthur Andersen, which has its own law firm, Wouters, in Holland, and Price Waterhouse, which wants to establish its own law firm, lost the first round of their legal battles with the Dutch Bar in the district […]

In brief: Leeds Law Soc elects Baker as president

Walker Morris property partner Alan Baker has been elected as president of the Leeds Law Society. He will take over the post from Ian Goldman. Baker said that he aimed to create a greater awareness of the work of the society and wanted to increase its impact as a pressure group.

Panel explains the meaning of the Net

OLSWANG and Simmons & Simmons staff staged a discussion panel on the legal repercussions of hotlinking and cacheing at the Internet World UK conference at the Olympia Conference Centre last week. Olswang partners Andrew Inglis and John Enser joined forces with Simmons & Simmons’ Jeremy Morton to discuss the legal framework surrounding cacheing, a way […]

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