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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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Browne-Wilkinson slams City lawyers

Lord Browne-Wilkinson, the country’s senior Law Lord, is blaming City solicitors doing pro bono work for clogging up the highest court in the land. In his first interview since becoming senior Law Lord, Browne-Wilkinson complains to The Lawyer that one-quarter of the Law Lords’ workload is taken up by hearing appeals on Caribbean criminal cases. […]

Charles Russell hires new managing partner

City firm Charles Russell has has taken the unusual step of appointing a private client practitioner as its new managing partner. Current managing partner Patrick Russell, who is the fourth generation of Russells to work for the 200-year-old firm, steps down in September. Russell is a sports lawyer. His successor, Grant Howe, is head of […]

Hill Dickinson boosts marine

Hill Dickinson is doubling its London marine department with the appointment of two yachting partners from Berrymans Lace Mawer. The appointment of Ken Thwaites and Tony Allen, who are joined by assistant solicitor Samantha Levin, will leave Berrymans’ marine and transit division with only one partner. However, Stuart Armstrong, head of marine and transit at […]

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David Brock, planning and environmental partner at Herbert Smith, led the team which advised BG Storage in the planning inquiry into its proposals to store gas in salt cavities to be created in the ground below Aldbrough in Yorkshire. The project, estimated to be worth u80-u100m, will assist in the liberalisation of the gas market, […]

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