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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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Bids flow in as UK water companies become the world’s hottest property

The Gulf, Australia and Canada can’t get enough of the UK’s water companies. By Caroline Binham They are low-risk, they are regulated and, most importantly, they are boasting threefold increases in profit over the past year. It is no wonder that bidders are scrambling to buy the UK’s water companies. It started with a trickle, […]

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Honda sends European IP head on two-year posting to Tokyo

Honda has transferred its European head of IP to its Japan office for a two-year stint as part of a long-term secondment. Christopher Morgan will take up an IP management role at the company’s Tokyo office. The three-lawyer European IP team will not replace him while he is away. In Japan, Morgan will investigate IP […]

Pinsents’ DWS hire kicks off property litigation growth

Pinsent Masons has boosted its Birmingham property litigation team, scooping Denton Wilde Sapte’s joint head of property litigation Alicia Foo. Foo, who will join the firm at the start of 2007, will lead a growth plan at Pinsents, which is expected to see property litigation lawyer numbers double in the Midlands. Pinsents’ national head of […]

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