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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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Singapore invites foreign firms to apply for alliance licences

The Singapore government is finally opening up the country’s legal market to foreign firms. The Legal Profession (Amendment) Act came into force last week and now the Ministry of Law is inviting applications for licences from local and non-domestic firms that want to form joint ventures and formal alliances. The move will allow outside firms […]

Eversheds management rejigs for full profit share

Eversheds is shaking up its management line-up in its first step towards full profit sharing. As first revealed by The Lawyer (14 February), the firm will move from partial to 100 per cent sharing between its national offices later on this year. Leeds and Manchester managing partner David Ansbro will take on the newly-created role […]

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy advised the Radiocommunications Agency, which managed the 3G Spectrum licence auction. Head of corporate Richard Cranfield worked on the deal with a team of six.

Scuffle of the week

As legions of local authority workers and tabloid editors scrubbed Churchill clean and tried to pick the hemp seeds out of Parliament Square, the Met was forced to admit that it had used illegal tactics during the ‘free Tibet’ demonstration last year. The Metropolitan ‘damned if we don’t intervene, damned if we do’ Police was […]

View from NTL

If e-commerce is interpreted simply as doing business online, a legal team will have to consider three issues: its website, the services it wishes to sell and the services its customers wish to sell using its network. While website issues have been addressed in the past, legal departments now have two key concerns: ensuring content […]

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