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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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Latimer Lee partner defends Man U fan in dispute over Man City expansion

Regional property lawyer Chris Platt of Manchester-based Latimer Lee is leading a land dispute between Manchester City Football Club and a fan of rival side Manchester United. The partner has been instructed to represent Manchester United supporter and landowner Shaun O’Brien against legal action taken by Manchester City Council and Manchester City. The latter two […]

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It’s that time of the year when the Centre for Brand Analysis publishes its annual list of Superbrands. Once again there’s been a shake-up among the law firms that have made the cut (see story). Last year Clifford Chance took the top spot among law firms at number 184, way behind the likes of Rolls-Royce, […]

Keeping the endings in sight

Lord Justice Jackson’s reforms need special measures applied when it comes to insolvency cases The Jackson reforms are designed to tackle problems in relation to civil ­litigation costs. One of their focal points is in relation to conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) and after-the- event (ATE) insurance. They propose that CFA ’success fees’ and ATE premiums […]

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Incoming SJ Berwin senior partner eyes international expansion

SJ Berwin’s senior partner-elect is putting international expansion at the centre of his strategy, with a US merger a “work in progress” and a Singapore launch and expansion in Dubai firmly on the agenda. Stephen Kon, who was elected yesterday, said he was  “committed to international growth” and was set to put the cautious swelling […]

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