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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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Macfarlanes’ revenue drops 7 per cent

Macfarlanes has unveiled a 6.7 per cent revenue fall for the 2009-10 financial year, with fees dropping from £99m to £92.4m. This is the first time the London firm has reported its financial results during the reporting season and follows the firm’s convertion to a limited liability partnership in 2008 (16 November 2009). The previous […]

Affairs of the hearth

The outcome of the Stonham v Ramrattan appeal could set a precedent for the treatment of matrimonial homes in insolvency cases. In the unreported decision of ­Stonham v Ramrattan in May 2010, the judge, Justice Mann, allowed an appeal by a trustee in bankruptcy against an earlier refusal to set aside a transfer of a […]

Travers latest to turn up heat

Today is the hottest day of the year, apparently. And it isn’t just the mercury that’s rising. PEP is once again on the march northwards at some firms. The latest contender for the First Annual Carol Vorderman Award For Accounting Genius is Travers Smith (see story), which has just posted a staggering 53 per cent […]

Shoosmiths names new head of Manchester

Shoosmiths has installed a new head for its Manchester office. Partner Harold Brako takes up the role with immediate effect. Northampton-based partner Waine Mannix, who is also head of the firm’s lenders service group, has been in the role since the firm opened in Spinningfields in January 2009. Mannix said: “Given the opportunities in the […]

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