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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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This is one of three technology deals completed last week by Manchester-based Halliwell Landau. The other two deals were Netcall’s admission to AIM and Your-TV & Radio’s OFEX floatation. Obviously, these deals alone are not going to significantly increase Halliwell Landau’s turnover or hike it up the league tables. But what they do signify is […]

Rakisons and Steptoe & Johnson tie the knot

The two firms had been locked in talks for several months. The UK practice will be known as Steptoe Johnson Rakisons for the first year; after that, Rakisons will be permanently dropped from the name. The US firm will not change its moniker. Steptoe & Johnson chairman Lon Bouknight, who will become chairman of the […]

Kamlesh

Kamlesh Bahl, former vice-president of the Law Society, told a tribunal last week that a disciplinary hearing in which she faced allegations of bullying was “uncivilised, barbaric and undignified”. The disciplinary hearing took place in December 1999, before the 75-member Law Society council. Bahl is accusing the Law Society of sexual and racial discrimination, victimisation […]

Turner Parkinson lands deals from matchmaking network

Manchester firm Turner Parkinson is reaping the benefits of a business network system which matches potential buyers and sellers of companies. Launched under the banner “tp deals”, the firm produces on a quarterly basis a list of acquisition, sales and funding opportunities which it sends out to about 10,000 companies in an attempt to matchmake […]

Box clever

Leaving a successful US firm in favour of a UK one may seem to many a surprising career move. But Texan Anglophile Tamara Box is in her element. Fiona Callister investigates Can anyone remember the last time a lawyer appeared on Parkinson? No, because so many lawyers seem to believe that everything that comes out […]

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