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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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Lifting the lid

The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act is still months away, but it is already worrying those involved in public sector projects. Jon Robins reports A storm is brewing north of the border. The Scottish Prison Service recently revealed edited highlights of a multimillion-pound contract for privatised prison escort duties. Ministers had agreed to publish […]

Freshfields’ Salz named as BBC vice chairman

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Anthony Salz has emerged as vice chairman of the BBC. The surprise move sees Salz appointed to the role, working alongside chairman Michael Grade, for four years starting 1 August. He will continue in his role as co-senior partner at Freshfields alongside Konstantin Mettenheimer. Salz, who advised on the merger […]

14 Tooks Court to dispense with expensive Holborn HQ

Michael Mansfield QC’s criminal chambers is set to relocate to new premises in Clerkenwell due to concerns over high property rates around Holborn, for centuries the heartland of all London barristers. The move reflects growing concern at the bar over the increasing cost of rent, particularly in the Inns of Court, which act as landlords […]

Slicker cities

An era of increasingly sophisticated regeneration structures is dawning to rescue inner cities from decline. Stephen Sorrell reports What do the Cornish town Redruth, Corby in the East Midlands and Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria have in common? The answer is, in part, history. Each could be defined as being at the centre of a declining industry […]

Mallesons plumps for Hong Kong merger with local firm

Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques has taken the next step in beefing up its Hong Kong presence, announcing a merger with local firm Kwok & Yih. The Australian firm’s tie-up with 25-lawyer Kwok & Yih, a corporate finance specialist, will add to the eight partners and 23 fee earners it has taken on in the region […]

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