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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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In brief: Advisers to apply for SIB guidance review

The IFA Association, professional indemnity insurers LIBM and their solicitors DJ Freeman have won leave to apply for judicial review of guidance from the Securities and Investments Board (SIB). The guidance ordered independent financial advisers to review cases in order to encourage possible claims against them of mis-selling of pensions. It is estimated that the […]

Quill signs up firms

* Quill Computers has signed up four law firms for its accounting and time recording program. Kendall firm Powell & Sykes will be running the Laudit system on a single terminal; Hexham-based Nicholson Wood & Gregg is running this and a Quill database on its network; Coopers, a three-partner practice in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has bought the […]

Australian judge trains Scots 'devils'

AUSTRALIAN judge Mr Justice Hampel QC headed a training event for would-be members of the Scottish Bar at Edinburgh’s Faculty of Advocates. Hampel, a judge in the Victoria Supreme Court, instructed the faculty’s pupil advocates – known as “devils” – in skills including examination in chief, cross examination and speeches to judge and jury. Training […]

Cow attack partner sues successfully

WRAGGE & Co insurance litigation partner David Birch has won a pay-out of almost u45,000 after he was attacked and trampled by a herd of cows. Birch last month won the pay-out from the insurance company NFU Mutual after the incident on a gated road in Northamptonshire in 1991. The company, which defended the action […]

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