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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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Negligence by permitting intoxication leading to death Barrett v Ministry of Defence (1995) (CA 21/12/94) (Neill LJ, Beldam LJ, Saville LJ) Appeal by Ministry of Defence against decision of Judge Phelan on the ground that it was in breach of duty to the deceased and for a re-assessment of apportionment of liability.

Ship dispute steams towards Lords

Roger Pearson reports on limitation clauses in respect of shipping disputes A House of Lords appeal is to be mounted in a case which will probe the application of limitation clauses in respect of shipping disputes. The case centres on an arbitration decision that a ship’s owners, although entitled to indemnity in respect of claims […]

Burnett-Hall branches out at Bristows

MCKENNA & Co partner Richard Burnett-Hall has defected to Bristows Cooke & Carpmael, where he will establish an environmental law service to business clients and other law firms. Burnett-Hall, an environmental law expert, says he decided to move in order to go to a smaller firm where he could develop a specialist niche practice. He […]

Lawyer argues courts martial system unfair

LINCOLN lawyer Gilbert Blades, who is challenging the courts martial system, has been questioning its fairness for the last 20 years. Blades has carved out a niche in defending servicemen and women, and has now presented a dossier of cases to the European Commission of Human Rights. He is arguing on behalf of Royal Air […]

Lathams' partner resigns after admitting false expenses claims

LEADING US firm Latham & Watkins is making further investigations after its head of project finance resigned, following his admission that he submitted false information to obtain expenses. San Francisco-based partner Timothy Flato – who earned almost $700,000 in 1993 – resigned at the start of the year after confirming the findings of an internal […]

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