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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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Wragges duo boosts pensions and tax

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co will promote two associates to the partnership this year. Pensions lawyer Paul Feathers and tax lawyer Neil Pearson will take up their new positions on 1 May. Managing partner Quentin Poole said: “Pensions and tax fulfil a dual role. They generate high-quality standalone work and underpin the firm’s ability to service […]

Pupillage schemes set for controversial overhaul

The Bar Council may require chambers to take on a specific number of paid pupillages and limit the number of places available on the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) as part of a shake-up of the profession’s recruitment rules. The proposals are currently being considered by Lord Neuberger’s working party, which was set up last November […]

Lack of legal head prompts Liverpool Council legal review

Liverpool City Council is embarking on a major strategic review of its legal services provision after failing to hire a new city solicitor. Graeme Creer quit for Weightmans a year ago and the council has failed to find a replacement, sparking a major rethink of internal and external resources. Liverpool executive director of finance and […]

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The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •Hit for 666Our favourite blawg of the moment still does not disappoint, with honeytraps, identity theft, deception […]

Skadden celebrates birthday with European promotions spree

New York-headquartered Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is the latest firm to announce it partnership promotions, adding 29 to its partnership, including two in London. This is the most promotions London has seen in at least four years. The new London partners are corporate partner Shaun Lascelles and corporate finance partner Danny Tricot. Although […]

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