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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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CC gives west coast the final ultimatum

CC insists on tough billing targets; San Francisco office poised to quit for Orrick Clifford Chance ’s San Francisco office is this week expected to jump ship to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe after the firm’s management delivered a final warning to increase profits or face closure. It is understood that members of the management, including […]

In all probability

Should statistics be included in a lawyer’s training? Joan Manuel Batista-Foguet believes so HG Wells said we should get used to statistics, as “statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write”. The quote was repeated in an article referring to the trial of Sally Clark, […]

Slaughter knocks out rivals for Standard Life deal

Slaughter and May has won out against a slew of City firms for the coveted role as legal adviser on the demutualisation of Standard Life. The demutualisation will be the first time that Slaughter has acted for the company which undertook a review of its legal panel, beginning in March, in preparation for the mandate. […]

RFU lawyer transfers to the FA

Rugby Football Union (RFU) legal officer Jonathan Hall is leaving to join the Football Association (FA). Hall replaces director of corporate and legal affairs Nicholas Coward, who is taking a break from the game after eight years of service, including a spell as acting chief executive between the reigns of Adam Crozier and current chief […]

Opinion

On 21 May, Regulation 4 of the Amended Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 came into force. The regulations introduced the duty to manage and will mean that the UK has some of the most stringent controls on asbestos in the world. Much has been made of the effect of Regulation 4 on duty […]

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