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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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The College of Law and BPP Law School are famed for their rivalry. But what started off as the odd skirmish has turned into outright war. As we reported on Monday the College has announced plans to launch a branch in Bristol in September 2010. Indeed, as predicted, BPP wasn’t just going to roll over […]

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Barclays severs Links from three panels

Linklaters has been dropped from three Barclays panels a year after siding with the bank in litigation that destroyed its relationship with JPMorgan. Last week’s panel announcement came 12 months after JPMorgan ditched the firm for ­helping Barclays sue Bear Stearns after Bear Stearns was taken over by JPMorgan. The Barclays panel review saw Linklaters lose its […]

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Lion’s mane representation

Richard Smith QC has got probably the best job in law – for a rugby fan at least.  The Guildhall Chambers silk is legal counsel to the British & Irish Lions, currently on tour in South Africa (see story).  As a result the lucky blighter will be sitting in the coach’s box for the final […]

No place like home

The glories of a British heat-wave are upon us: long balmy evenings, jugs of Pimms, Wimbledon, people being “taken ill” on the Northern line… In fact, the weather in the UK is now so glorious that more and more people are tipped to be ‘stay-cationing’ – that’s holidaying in Bournemouth rather than Benidorm to you […]

Fladgate’s financials tumble as core practice areas disappoint

West End firm Fladgate’s financial results have ­confirmed the dearth of commercial property deals over the past financial year. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) fell to £390,000, a 37 per cent drop from £618,000 in 2007-08, while top of equity dropped by 38.5 per cent, from £976,000 to £600,000. Turnover was also down at the 45-partner firm, ­dropping by […]

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