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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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Police duty on livestock traffic

The House of Lords is to consider an appeal by International Trader’s Ferry (ITF). ITF accused Sussex police of failing in their duty by seeking to prevent livestock lorry convoys reaching the port in the face of demonstrations. The Divisional Court upheld its challenge on 26 July 1995, but that decision was reversed by the […]

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The Association of Solicitors in Investment Management (Asim) recently held a strategy meeting to draw up plans for the organisation and its members. Top of the agenda was the issue of how firms could increase the amounts of money being invested through their firms. A spokesperson said it was fairly easy for firms to get […]

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During the long years of apartheid, anyone who tried to establish an organisation in the UK whose objectives were to promote fellowship and good understanding between the legal professions in South Africa and the UK would have been considered a fool or an optimist. Following the election of the ANC government, however, it soon became […]

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