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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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Is Lambeth the future of local authority PFI?

The Labour government has new plans for PFI. Andrew Walsh argues that the recent contracting out of Lambeth Council’s services could point the way forwardA prime candidate for new Private Finance Initiative activity must be the local government sector, heavily regulated under successive Conservative governments and suffering a backlog of investment in infrastructure and services. […]

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Hammond Suddards advised Friends Provident Life Office on the purchase of 3 The Square, Stockley Park for £36m from Stockley Park Consortium, which was advised by Herbert Smith.

Securing the future

A decade after the first Top 100 survey, the legal profession is in better shape than for years. Law firms are making more money than ever, turnover is up and firms are generally bullish about prospects. This applies to most firms but the Big Five in particular. This group is now in the ‘super-league’, far […]

Mecklermedia case raises Net questions

A RECENT groundbreaking High Court case suggests web sites may have to conform to laws from every country, no matter where they are hosted. And issues raised by the Mecklermedia v DC Congress case (see The Lawyer, 1 April) will only be resolved when a treaty is signed by every country in the world, said […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Laurence Messer

Laurence Messer was born in Bradford on 27 May 1949. He is a commercial property and planning lawyer and managing partner of Davies Arnold Cooper. What was your first job? Working in Leeds market selling carpets for my grandfather. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £1,100 as an articled clerk with Norton […]

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