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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: Law Society goes solo on fees advice

The Law Society has issued its own model terms of engagement of counsel for conditional fee agreements and advised solicitors that the Bar’s alternative terms “are in some respects disadvantageous to clients”. The society has listed six areas of dispute including the Bar’s requirement for an advice fee to be paid even if counsel does […]

Life in the windy city

Anne Gallagher visits Chicago’s hotspots to see where lawyers will spend their spare time While that loveable urchin Oliver sings for food on London’s stages, Chicago restaurateurs and bar keepers are the ones preparing for an onslaught of 20,000 hungry and thirsty lawyers expected to attend the American Bar Association’s annual meeting from 4 to […]

'White Book' on disc

Helen Sage reports The contents of the three volume ‘White Book’ – ‘The Supreme Court Practice 1995’, have been transferred to a single CD-ROM disc. Publishers Sweet & Maxwell commissioned Cascade Systems to produce a version of its Media Sphere software specifically for the digital version of the publication. The disc can be accessed by […]

'We must learn from problems of solicitor tuition,' Goldsmith warns training seminar

ENDING the Bar’s training monopoly must not pitch the profession into the same difficulties being faced by solicitors, Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith has warned. Goldsmith issued the warning at a seminar in Holborn earlier this month to discuss the Bar’s proposals to end the Inns of Court School of Law’s monopoly of vocational training. […]

Crossmans and Radcliffes to merge

WESTMINSTER firm Radcliffes & Co is the mystery merger partner poised to join forces with London neighbours Crossman Block. The merger, due for completion by the end of the month, is expected to produce an enlarged firm under the name Radcliffes Crossman Block. News of the link-up comes one week after it emerged that talks […]

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