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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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In brief: Aclec lays down education guidelines

A consultation paper on education and training for lawyers by the Lord Chancellor’s advisers Aclec recommends “the maximum amount of common education for the different branches of the legal profession”. The paper, published on Friday, lays down the committee’s blueprint for vocational training and continual professional development. Other recommendations include more rigorous education in “common […]

Firm offers guide to IT contract pitfalls

Manchester firm Lopian Wagner has issued a seven-point set of guidelines to assist in reducing the number of disputes in involving office technology contracts. Associate Joanne Grace warns that although in a report last year the Office of Fair trading called for office equipment leasing companies to clean up their contracts and the Finance and […]

In brief: Appellants face 18-month waiting list

Parties involved in appeal cases are facing delays of up to 18 months before their cases can be heard, the Court Services Agency admitted last week. The admission came after solicitor Andrew Page was told by the Civil Appeals Office that an appeal on a breach of contract case could not be heard until January […]

Two-way exchange

Taking the fight down to the English, is how one Scottish solicitor describes the growth and development of work for some commercial firms in Scotland. More specifically the growth has been reflected in Glasgow-based firm McGrigor Donald’s emergence as Scotland’s largest firm, overtaking Edinburgh-based firm Dundas & Wilson. McGrigors managing partner Niall Scott says this […]

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