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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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 By Ellie Bowker On 4 October 2013 the Court of Appeal decision in Nestlé’s challenge to Cadbury’s registration of a shade of purple as a trademark for its chocolate products gave careful consideration to the application of Article 2 of the Trade Marks Directive 2008/95/EC. The registration of trademarks in the UK is governed by […]

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Meritocracy will rule in magic circle

Even magic circle firms are introducing a merit-based component to salaries Lawyers’ pay: too high or too low? Billed by the hour or fixed fee? It’s an endlessly interesting topic, not least for associates currently feeling the impact of more merit-based pay structures.  Now, it seems, firms are viewing strict locksteps as a little old […]

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HSF partners vote for modified lockstep in remuneration overhaul

Legacy Herbert Smith partners will abandon the firms rigid eight-year lockstep in favour of a merit-based pay system following the October 2012 merger with legacy Freehills, the firm said this morning. Partners have given the go-ahead to an aligned remuneration system by opting for a hybrid model of the two previous systems run by Freehills and […]

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