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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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DTI pays charity £130,000 for time wasting

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has paid Public Concern at Work (PCAW) £130,000 for wasting the whistleblowing charity’s time. The Parliamentary Ombudsman found that the DTI had overturned an April 2000 High Court ruling over the operation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act in secret and had failed to consider the public interest […]

Norton Rose PEP and revenue inch up

Norton Rose has recorded a sluggish year of growth, with turnover up just 3.5 per cent and average profit per equity partner (PEP) up by 4.7 per cent. The firm’s PEP for the last financial year was £445,000, up from £425,000 in 2005. Turnover was £210m, a 3.5 per cent rise from last year’s £203m. […]

The work-life quiz: James Blendis

What was your first-ever job?Pianist in a piano bar called Gershwins. What was your first-ever job?Pianist in a piano bar called Gershwins. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Anything involving a data room. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?Local pub for […]

A&O confirms 20 per cent PEP rise

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted double digit growth in both its turnover and profit but it still lags behind its magic circle rivals. As first revealed in The Lawyer on Monday (July 3) A&O has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) jump by 20 per cent from £656,000 to £787,000 […]

Floating on air

Last Wednesday (5 July), Grant Thornton partner Sacha Romanovitch warned UK lawyers that they needed to “wake up” to the potentially seismic changes heralded by the Legal Services Bill. Romanovitch was speaking at a breakfast briefing at the Savoy Hotel. It was a suitably opulent setting, because up to now much of the debate has […]

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