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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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John Malpas reports A MOVE to force barristers to disbar if they become solicitors has finally been ruled out by the Bar Council. At its meeting earlier this month, the Bar Council conceded that there was nothing it could do to stop barristers from holding on to their qualification on becoming solicitors. The Bar Council […]

Death to the standard fees plan

“Let’s kill all the lawyers.” The Lord Chancellor may not have said this as such but the proposed model for Civil Standard Fees for Advocates, which landed on our desks last week, has a murderous quality. If the proposals are implemented without major alteration, I have no doubt that many barristers will be tempted to […]

Family law/judiciary. Breaking up gets even harder to do

The Family Law Act had a fraught passage through Parliament but is now law. It is intended to support marriage and ensure that parties take all possible steps to prevent divorce. If that is not possible then the aim is to conclude the arrangements with minimum distress to the parties and the children and to […]

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Hammonds hires French lawyer as first play in move to link with a French firm

HAMMOND Suddards is seeking a tie-up with a law firm in France and has hired French corporate lawyer Corinne Bouffandeau to assist in the move. Bouffandeau, who most recently was an in-house lawyer, working as economic adviser with the European Commission’s delegation to Sri Lanka, said: “My main objective is to strengthen the French client […]

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