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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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ABA set to debate euthanasia proposal

The powerful American Bar Association (ABA) will be asked to support the legalisation of euthanasia at its annual conference in San Francisco later this month. The proposal has been put forward by the Beverley Hills Bar Association (BHBA), which wants the 370,000-strong ABA to support legislation allowing what it describes as “physician-assisted suicide” for terminally-ill […]

Hill Taylor insolvency team decamps to NGJ

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones has poached four insolvency lawyers from Hill Taylor Dickinson. Paul Oughton, head of one of Hill Taylor’s two insolvency groups, is moving with his entire team – associate Tony Griffiths and assistants Lucy Edwards and Sally Rich – to NGJ’s insolvency group this month. The insolvency specialists were looking […]

SFLA seeks assurances on legal aid for children

FAMILY lawyers are seeking assurances from the government that it is not planning to water down the legal aid entitlements of children in family cases. Rosemary Carter, vice-chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), met with Geoff Hoon, the parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, last Friday, to discuss the issue. Her request […]

Tree damage falls to councils

An Appeal Court decision has set a costly precedent for local authorities over damage caused by trees, says Roger Pearson The recent dry summers have played havoc with the foundations of properties throughout the UK and subsidence has become common. Home-owners have learned to their cost that trees, which they may have been told posed […]

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