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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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DLA brings in two partners to boost Singapore office

National firm DLA is strengthening its position in the Asia Pacific region with the appointment of two partners to its Singapore office. Shipping and insurance partner Peter Shelford will join from Clyde & Co in Hong Kong and corporate and commercial partner Keith Handley will join from the Singapore office of Coudert Brothers. Both partners […]

Hextall Erskine profits lead to exits

Insurance practice Hextall Erskine has lost four partners as sources close to the firm claim that its profitability is faltering. The head of insurance and reinsurance Bill Jarvis has joined niche City practice Elborne Mitchell. His move follows the departure of leading professional indemnity lawyer Stuart White and fellow partner Davina Haydon, who both left […]

MoFo joins forces with Tokyo firm

The Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has formed a joint venture with a local firm, allowing it to provide domestic advice for the first time. The US firm has been in Japan since 1987. Under Japanese law, foreign firms are allowed to give domestic advice only through a joint venture, but the firm […]

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IP.com offers a cheap alternative to messy, expensive patents and from small beginnings the website is now aiming to go global. Mary Murphy investigates the company that says it is the true defender of ideas. IP.com is first of a kind and one of a kind. It is the brainchild of chief executive officer Tom […]

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Just what did Lord Irvine mean by extending a 15 per cent pay rise in legal aid rates to just the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) while ignoring the Law Society’s own family law panel? Many family law practitioners believe that the Lord Chancellor is cutting costs and relishing an opportunity to have a pop […]

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