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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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Hazel Wright on the extension of quia timet injunctions

The present policy of the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute for common assault, only supports the theory widely reported in the media, that a large proportion of the population lives in almost daily fear of violence. As the criminal courts will not help, increasingly I have found the civil courts a more effective forum. […]

In brief: Personal touch for personnel recruitment

A new legal recruitment consultancy has been set up by Hugh Kelly, former head of personnel at City firm Ashurst Morris Crisp. Kelly has co-founded Kellyfield Consulting with Mark Field, a former Freshfields corporate lawyer who has been working in recruitment with Quarry Dougall. Kelly says: “As a client in legal recruitment over the last […]

A&O loses Jamieson

Mark Jamieson has joined Moores Rowland Consulting as a senior manager responsible for professional firms. He has moved from Allen & Overy where he had been manager, practice management systems since 1992. At the City firm he was responsible for the selection and implementation of the Elite practice management system, which has been in operation […]

Judge pre-empts Taylor and cuts 'waffle' in record trial

A HIGH Court Judge took the first tentative steps to “cut the waffle” in the justice system, when he laid down time limits for the cross-examination of witnesses. Mr Justice Sedley, who pre-empted the recent practice direction of Lord Chief Justice Lord Taylor, set down rules to speed up proceedings in a protracted personal injury […]

Spotlight on courts

The new Courts Services agency and its first head Michael Huebner, according to the agency’s corporate plan, face the twin challenges of improving quality of service while closing the gap between civil business income and expenditure. But the programme for the agency is the standard government model of more efficiency through more cuts. Huebner says […]

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