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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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Martineaus hires energy consultant

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Staying up

The recent boom years have done wonders for the Irish legal market, but more changes are afoot. Ken Murphy reports “If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” – Giuseppe di Lampedusa.Although Heraclitus famously remarked that “there is nothing permanent except change”, the more subtle approach quoted above from […]

Halliwells poised to add gardening leave to deed

Halliwell Landau is set to introduce gardening leave for partners in the next financial year At the moment, Halliwells partners do not have to take time out between jobs.The firm said that it has chosen to change the partnership deed for reasons of good practice. Halliwells partners are formally voting on the issue before the […]

Garretts begs the City to take on its trainees

Andersen Legal senior partner Williams in last-ditch scramble to save forty-four jobs Andersen Legal managing partner Tony Williams is understood to be trying to secure places for his London trainees with City firms. It looks unlikely that Garretts will secure a firmwide merger and Williams has moved to safeguard his trainees’ futures.Garretts currently has 44 […]

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