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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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A special relationship

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Restorative scheme extended

A RADICAL Thames Valley Police restorative justice scheme, which sees convicted criminals introduced to their victims, is to be extended throughout the region. The police authority’s chief constable, Charles Pollard, will announce the project’s extension at a conference next week in front of the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, who is also due to speak. If […]

Dibbs loses second regional banking partner in a week

Dibb Lupton Alsop has lost a second senior banking partner from its regional offices in the space of a week. Leading banking lawyer Nicholas Fisher, recruited by Dibbs four and a half years ago from Wilde Sapte to establish and build up its banking departments in Manchester and Liverpool, has announced his intention to move […]

New Zealand firm goes on recruitment drive in UK

A LEADING New Zealand firm is dispatching two partners to London in a bid to entice Kiwi lawyers who have settled in the City back to their home country. The move is a response to the drain of talent in New Zealand caused by the steady stream of young lawyers travelling to the UK. Rudd […]

SIF and pro bono: it is time to act

For some time now, this newspaper has regularly been running stories about two vital issues which affect solicitors throughout the country – the Solicitors Indemnity Fund crisis and the initiative to establish a national solicitors’ pro bono scheme. For years, The Lawyer has been asking the Law Society to provide leadership on pro bono provision. […]

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