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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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Downing leads Price Waterhouse's European law network expansion

Former Pinsent Curtis securities partner Paul Downing takes up his post as head of the growing European network of accountancy firm Price Waterhouse’s law firms this Monday just after a German law firm was added to the list. Price Waterhouse now has 350 lawyers in 29 offices, representing law practices in 17 countries in Europe. […]

Newcastle chambers claims annexe first

The Newcastle chambers of Richard Bloomfield, 148 West Road, has become the first Newcastle set to open outside the city centre. Its annexe, at 2 Lansdowne Place, Gosforth, aims to attract local business away from the other four sets based in the city centre. A chambers spokesman said: “The other chambers are around Quayside. We […]

When is whisky whisky?

A “when is whisky whisky?” legal battle is heading for the High Court. The Scotch Whisky Association is taking Isle of Man drink producer, Glen Keller, to court in an action seeking orders to prevent Glen Keller calling their Manx Whisky whisky. They claim Glen Keller’s product does not fall within the Council of Europe’s […]

ABA opens first US museum of law in its Chicago offices

The American Bar Association opened a law museum in the lobby of its expensive Lake Shore Drive headquarters in Chicago last week. The Museum of Law is reputedly the only museum dedicated to the trials and tribulations of US lawyers. ABA executive director Robert Stein hopes the exhibition will grow into one of Chicago’s major […]

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