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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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It’s been one of the longest election processes in law firm history. And one of the longest goodbyes. It’s been one of the longest election processes in law firm history. And one of the longest goodbyes. White & Case has finally elected a successor to Duane Wall as managing partner (see story). The firm has […]

Ofgem: The three degrees

Tackling climate change has been a longstanding issue for Ofgem’s legal team, but it’s just one of many challenges facing the regulator The recent floods in Gloucestershire and Yorkshire have put global warming and climate change firmly on the agenda in the UK. But for the legal department of energy watchdog Ofgem, which regulates the […]

Brabners’ Scouse teams to cohabit

North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has combined its two offices in Liverpool by moving into larger premises in the city. The firm’s 220-strong Liverpool staff has moved to Horton House in the Exchange Flags complex in the city centre. Brabners managing partner Michael Brabner said: “It’s always been the plan to move into one […]

Solicitors’ code leaves bar owed

The poor old bar is having a rough time when it comes to getting paid. The poor old bar is having a rough time when it comes to getting paid. First of all a huge chunk of chambers are not sure that legal aid will be available to them. Now an oversight in the Solicitors’ […]

Rowe Cohen split puts serious dent in revenue

Manchester-based Rowe Cohen has seen its revenue dip by nearly 40 per cent since it split in February this year. Total revenue for 2006-07 was £5m, down by 39 per cent from £8.2m the previous year. This follows the departures of three partners to launch Lewis Hymanson Small. The firm split due to strategic differences, […]

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