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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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Macfarlanes' deals success shows City in good health

Look no further than Macfarlanes if you want evidence that the City deals bubble is far from bursting. The firm has struck seven transactions in the last three weeks. Recent triumphs include advising Candover Investments, which backed managers who bought two collieries from the administrators of mining group Coal Investments. Banking partner Mark Furman said: […]

Judge wins damages over 'unfit' claim

A Crown Court judge has won a public apology and damages over “distorted” reports of a sex assault case he presided over at Winchester. The High Court heard last week how reports of a case handled by Judge David Griffiths falsely gave the impression he was “wholly unfit to sit on the bench”. The judge’s […]

Judges appointed by secret 'whispers'

The appointment of judges will remain unfair and secretive if the recommendations of the Conservative dominated Home Affairs Committee are followed. So say women and black lawyers after the publication of a Home Affairs Committee report which recommends that judges should continue to be appointed by secret soundings of senior barristers. The committee also says […]

Lots in a name

At least 14 of the top 500 US companies are reported to have lost the right to use their name on the Internet. And around 50 per cent of these companies have yet to register company names. Even the likes of Microsoft have been caught; a student in Utah operated an Internet site called “Windows95” […]

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