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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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Nabarros favourite for Pubmaster sale

Nabarro Nathanson looks set to steer Pubmaster through a sale to a rival trade bidder, possibly Punch Taverns, as Pubmaster’s private equity owners look for an exit for their investment. Nabarros, Pubmaster’s main law firm on M&A work, has advised the tenanted pub chain since December 2000, when corporate partner Andrew Inkester acted for it […]

Libel bar fights back against newspapers’ demands

A row has erupted over proposals from a group of in-house media lawyers to stop instructed barristers from acting against them. One Brick Court and 5 Raymond Buildings and Russell Jones & Walker have written strongly-worded letters to The Lawyer in defence of the current system, which requires barristers to accept ‘cab rank’ instructions. Last […]

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First it was a Christmas card. Now, with Halloween behind us and the blue touch paper about to be lit on Bonfire Night, the inescapable truth is that the festive season is almost here again. More proof, should it be required, came this week in the form of a flyer from the thesps at Addleshaw […]

Sidley tax shelter head gets marching orders

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has fired the controversial head of its tax shelter practice for breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of the partnership agreement. The dismissed partner, RJ Ruble, was among the nation’s leading providers of opinion letters blessing tax shelters for corporations and wealthy individuals, some of whom have since sued the […]

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