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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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Ireland's Eliot Ness

He has been dubbed Ireland’s Eliot Ness, after the legendary and incorruptible US gangbuster. And the work of Barry Galvin, the 53-year-old solicitor who heads Ireland’s fight against millionaire drug dealers and the bosses of organised crime, is no less dangerous. Because of the constant threats to his life, he has a round-the-clock police guard […]

The Firm

Pratchard here. Tremendous news for you to spread among friends, fellow lawyers and the press. Fees for 98/99 rocketed to £20m, profits per partner up to £160,000, investment up, new clients up. Everything is up! Well done. Spread this joyous news. Now for the real figures, which are slightly disappointing once again. Fees are up, […]

Sets' fears grow over Bar kite mark plans

Fears are growing that the cost to chambers of meeting the Bar’s comprehensive kite-marking criteria will prohibit many sets from taking it up. In the future a kite mark may well be essential for a set of chambers to be eligible for legal aid work or to offer services under a conditional fee agreement. One […]

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It’s been a good week for… Jilted lovers. Romance and the law do not go hand in hand, particularly after surveyor William Parker’s (above) action against his former lover Helen Holdsworth (above right) for recovery of the £18,000 worth of gifts he gave her during their affair, which settled out of court last week for […]

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