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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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Barrister faces ethics complaint

John Malpas reports A JOURNALIST who conducted his own defence against a libel action has accused the barrister and solicitors who acted for the plaintiffs of unethical conduct. Peter Cotterell has filed formal complaints to both the Bar Council and the Solicitors Complaints Bureau after the action against him was discontinued shortly before it was […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 04/04/95

NIGEL LAWRENCE DUCKWORTH, who worked as litigation clerk with Hutchinson & Buchanan of Ripon, North Yorkshire, from July 1988 to June 1991, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay u1,189 costs. Tribunal told that in November 1993 he appeared at Bradford Crown Court where he […]

Authorities are pro CCT

* Most local authorities have a positive approach to Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT), said the CCT and Local Government in the ‘England Annual Report for 1994’, published last week by the DoE. Environment Minister Robert Jones said although CCT had been extended to new services, fair competition was still promoted for existing services.

Knights switches to modern home after two centuries

AFTER 227 years, Staffordshire law firm Knight & Sons has moved from Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to purpose-built offices on the outskirts of the town. The move was the result of months of planning and is considered a new chapter in the firm’s history. Senior Partner Tony Bell says: “Although it is with some sadness that […]

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