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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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Catrin Griffiths reports on a multibillion dollar threat to London’s insurance market and a personal accident crisis. Catrin Griffiths is a director of New City Media, publisher of The Insider’s Guide to Insurance and Reinsurance. c.griffiths@ncm.uk.com In January next year, the last piece of the jigsaw in the Names litigation is due to be heard. […]

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Henderson Investors’ head of legal and compliance has left to join Barclays after five years at the company. Mark Phythion-Adams is joining Barclays’ private banking unit as head of risk and compliance and will begin work at the department on 15 November. Jeremy Ogden, legal director in retail financial services at Barclays, says the move […]

City firms battle for global mobile licence

Field Fisher Waterhouse and Simmons & Simmons are battling for their clients to take a slice of five universal mobile telecommunications services licences, worth a total of £1.5bn. The Department of Trade and Industry, advised by Allen & Overy, launched the bidding process for the lucrative licences by announcing timetable details for the auction process […]

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