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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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In brief: Freshfields

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In brief: French firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

French firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has benefited from the split in rival practice Moquet Borde. It has gained about 20 lawyers, including several partners from the beleaguered firm to strengthen its competition, mergers and acquisitions and telecommunications departments.

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Fast driving lawyers. In what is a victory for every lawyer with a half decent car and no consideration of their fellow road users, a Cardiff jury found that a businessman who was driving his u73,000 sports car at 140mph was not guilty of dangerous driving. His lawyer Nicholas Jones said: “This was not dangerous […]

In brief: Boodle Hatfield

Boodle Hatfield has elected Richard Moyse as its new senior partner, replacing Peter Scoble. The 29-partner firm has offices in Oxford and London and has a specialism in tax and financial planning. Moyse, a partner for 25 years at the firm, is head of the tax department.

24 Old Buildings head in negligence case

The head of chambers at leading Chancery set 24 Old Buildings, Colin Brodie QC, is being sued for negligence. He is being sued for damages in respect of advice given in a property dispute compromise. The writ, issued by Olswang, alleges the advice either given, or omitted to be given, in respect of the effect […]

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