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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 Cameron McKenna team, led by property partner Edward Benzecry, acted for The Wellcome Trust on its purchase of 28 properties from the Northern Foods Pension Fund. Andrew M Jackson represented Northern Foods in the consideration, which is estimated to be worth u60m.

Pinsents looks to new partner to boost employment practice

Pinsent Curtis has lured a new employment partner to its Birmingham office in a “push forward” aimed at making it one of the biggest employment departments in the country. Ashley Norman, lead employment lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, will move across town on 10 June to join employment partner Colin Goodier. The move will […]

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Rowe & Maw’s property partner Lesley-Anne Avis acted for Argent Development Consortium’s Birmingham development Brindleyplace. Avis acted for Argent on four pre-lettings

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society has continued its campaign against the Government’s plans for reforming legal aid, labelling its draft funding code “flawed and inappropriate”. President Michael Mathews says that under the code, which will determine how legal aid is to be rationed, funding will be decided according to the “crude” financial value of a case, rather […]

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper partner Catherine May is joining niche 14-partner insurance practice Davies Lavery, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Kent. May is joined in the Birmingham office by former Berryman & Co insurance partner Claire McKinney following a split between Berryman & Co and Davies Lavery which have co-operated in running the Birmingham […]

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