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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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Last month President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This apparently radical legislation will introduce many changes into the US energy policy, but does it go far enough? As this US Special Report argues, it is hard not to think that the US government has missed yet another opportunity to make […]

Maples and Carey sign best friends deal

Caymans-based Maples and Calder and Channel Islands-based Carey Olsen are the latest offshore giants to team up following in the footsteps of Walkers and Mourant du Feu & Jeune, who are in merger discussions. The arrangement will see the firms cooperate in relation to offshore legal work, but falls short of the recent trend towards […]

Slaughters overhauls management team; new senior partner speaks out

Slaughter and May is facing a wholesale change of leadership as head of corporate Chris Saul is elected as senior partner. Saul, who has been head of corporate at the firm for four years and has been a partner since 1986, will take over from Tim Clark at the end of April. He said: “The […]

Crown Estate rolls out energy panel plan

The Crown Estate is set to create its first-ever energy panel, a move that will give firms the opportunity to cash in on the Government’s groundbreaking renewable energy projects. Panel firms could be involved in advising the Government on drafting enabling legislation and tender documents for the world’s largest offshore wind farm capacity, according to […]

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