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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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Dealers' pitch battle heads for extra time

Two Gloucester drug dealers serving life sentences for the knife and crowbar murder of a rival have won the right to take a challenge to their convictions to the Law Lords. Gary Mills and Tony Poole, who were jailed for life after conviction at Bristol Crown Court on 26 January 1990 for the murder of […]

Border conference

The Union of European Lawyers is holding its eleventh Congress in Palma de Mallorca, under the title of “New Aspects of Human Rights in Europe”. The Congress will deal with problems that derive from the application of the Treaty of Schengen, described by immigration experts as “problematic”. The treaty was designed to abolish border controls […]

In brief: Cameron McKenna selects management

Cameron Markby Hewitt and McKenna & Co have chosen a six-strong partnership council to run the newly-merged Cameron McKenna from its launch on 1 May. Each firm has three seats on the council, which will sit alongside senior partner Bill Shelford and managing partner Robert Derry-Evans. McKennas chose members of its existing board – Christopher […]

US rival takes second fraud solicitor from Denton Hall

FRAUD specialist John Wood, a former director of the Serious Fraud Office, is to leave Denton Hall to join US rivals Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Wood is the second high-profile member of the firm’s specialist fraud unit to join Morgan Lewis recently, and will take up the part-time post of senior counsel. He will join […]

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