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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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Commission sides with M&S in Revenue battle

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will this week hear arguments in a case that will determine the legality of tax laws across the Continent. Marks & Spencer (M&S), represented by Simon Whitehead of Dorsey & Whitney and Graham Aaronson QC of Pump Court Tax Chambers, will argue tomorrow (1 February) that the retailer should […]

McCann FitzGerald London welcomes second partner

Top Dublin firm McCann FitzGerald has bolstered its London office by sending a second partner to the UK. Finance partner Hugh Beattie joins aircraft finance partner Barbara Judge, who already works out of London, as the long-awaited replacement for banking lawyer John Cronin, who returned to Dublin over two years ago. Beattie specialises in structured […]

Watson Burton signals Leeds intentions with new premises

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has signalled its commitment to its Leeds outpost by agreeing terms for new offices in the city. The firm announced it was to open in Leeds last August. The new premises in City Square, in the centre of the city, will house Watson Burton’s growing Leeds team. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle […]

The Lawyer global offshore report – Bermuda

Companies Amendment Act 2004A new definition of ‘charges’ has been provided in order to better capture all security interests. The term ‘charge’ now includes any interest created in property by way of security, including any mortgage, assignment, pledge, lien or hypothecation. It is now a requirement that a public company that elects to send summarised […]

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