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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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SBL slams race advice leaflet

The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) has blasted the Law Society’s latest advice on avoiding racial discrimination as inadequate. It is calling on President Charles Elly to seek more punitive measures against discriminating firms. The SBL says the society’s initiative involving a mailshot to all firms does not go far enough, and only points out […]

Firm takes Howard to court

RUSSELL Jones & Walker is acting for the Police Federation against the Home Secretary over proposed new conditions of service. The federation has applied for leave for a judicial review over what it considers to be neglect of the Home Secretary’s statutory duty to rubber stamp decisions made by the police negotiating board. The concern […]

500 join in Docklands nuisance claim

APPROXIMATELY 500 claimants have joined a multi-party action claiming against the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) for dust nuisance. The plaintiffs are claiming for problems arising from the development of the Limehouse link road. Leigh Day & Co partner Sally Moore is also representing 680 residents in a multi-million pound compensation action against Canary Wharf […]

Freeman declares himself insolvent

SOLICITOR Michael Freeman, acting for Names in the Lloyd’s litigation, has declared himself insolvent and applied for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement after running up debts of u1.5 million. Creditors to Freeman, a partner with Epstein Grower & Michael Freeman, approved an arrangement on 12 September. Among the 21 creditors are seven banks, five credit card […]

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