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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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Lawyers for one of the Britons imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay have filed a unique pleading demanding that the US does not use witness statements allegedly obtained by torture against their client. The pleading is a result of the declassification of a four-page letter written by Moazzam Begg to his counsel Gareth Peirce and Clive Stafford […]

Middletons takes over Acuiti

Australia’s Acuiti Legal will dissolve in November when its remaining corporate and commercial practices merge with Middletons, the law firm that the practice originally split from. Around 85 staff, including 14 partners, from the firm’s corporate, commercial and commercial litigation groups will join Middletons’ Sydney office from 15 November, bolstering the office to 24 partners […]

Focus Wickes counsel quits post to join Drax

A merry-go-round in the retail and energy sectors is in full swing as DIY giant Focus Wickes loses its head of legal to Drax Power, to be replaced by an in-house lawyer from Boots. Former Focus Wickes legal head Peter Rothwell, who held the position for three years, took on the role of legal counsel […]

Taylor Wessing re-shuffles corporate leadership

Taylor Wessing has appointed a new head of corporate to replace Tim Eyles, who has stood down after 12 years. David Roberts, one of a group of former Garretts partners which joined the legacy Taylor Joynson Garrett in 2002, is taking over from Eyles with effect from 1 November 2004. Eyles is planning on broadening […]

Court battles

Two years on since new EU-wide insolvency laws were introduced, cherry-picking your jurisdiction for insolvency is increasingly tough. By Cary Kochberg and Laurence Crowley More than two years on from its introduction and the European Insolvency Regulation can clearly be seen to have had an impact on cross-border insolvencies, sometimes pitting courts in various member […]

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