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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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Leading fraud barrister Robert Rhodes QC has called for a regulatory tribunal to be set up to deal with insider dealing following failures by most Eu countries to prove cases. Rhodes was speaking at a conference on insider dealing held by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Garrett & Co at which it emerged […]

Requests for mercantile courts answered

Two mercantile courts to be set up in Newcastle and Leeds will be headed by long standing Clifford Chance partner Christopher McGonigal. The courts, at Leeds and Newcastle district registries, have been welcomed by practitioners and businesses in the region who have been campaigning for them since the end of 1994. At the moment practitioners […]

UK firm helps Malawi govt avoid constitutional crisis

UK firm Lawrence Graham was called upon to help rescue the fledgling African democracy of Malawi from a constitutional crisis, in a case heard in the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal. Partner Andrew Dobson, accompanied by Patrick Elias QC of 11 King’s Bench Walk, were admitted to the local bar to represent the Malawi government […]

In brief: IBA head praises response to appeal

Desmond Fernando PC, president of the International Bar Association, is “heartened” by the first responses to its One Dollar Per Lawyer appeal, launched in October last year at the IBA conference in Berlin. The appeal aims to secure donations from each of the 2.5m lawyers practising around the globe, which will be channelled directly into […]

The countdown to meltdown

Computers are not intelligent things. They do what they are told, however ludicrous the result. Computers that handle dates using two digits will be unable to correctly deal with the change from 99 (1999) to 00 (2000). The computer will consider that 00 represents 1900 and will act accordingly, producing unreliable results. Defining the problem […]

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