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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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Building bridges to the future

“You’d have to be an idiot not to make money in this market,” said one leading property lawyer to me at lunch the other day. “I just wonder when it’s all going to come crashing down. And what happens to those firms that aren’t making much money now?” Perversely, in the longer term, the boom […]

Brief encounter: Watson Farley

A little more than two years ago, Watson Farley & Williams bought itself a chunk of the competitive Singapore legal market when it purchased Sinclair Roche & Temperley’s operation for an undisclosed, but “substantial” sum. Although two years is a short time in today’s ever-churning legal profession, that purchase could well have been one of […]

Digest

The House of Lords: in last week’s feature on the House of Lords, the case of R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte A was omitted from the table. Philip Sales of 11 King’s Bench Walk and Pushpinder Saini of Blackstone Chambers, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor, were the successful counsel […]

Australian law firm in republican row

Australia’s Court of Appeal have rejected Republican pleas that Carl Moller should be allowed to exempt himself from taking an oath as part of an admission ceremony to practice law in Victoria. The Court ruled that the oath was to the Queen as Queen of Australia, not Queen of England and would therefore not conflict […]

Pinsent Curtis in Swedish Link-Up

The alliance will include partner and assistant secondments, referrals and aligning IT systems and training. But the national firm also hopes the alliance will bolster its attempts to establish a presence in Germany. Last year talks with Schurmann & Partners collapsed when US-based Coudert Brothers stole a march on the national practice and announced its […]

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