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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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Should suspects break their silence?

“HE is so young, he’s just a boy. You wouldn’t even think he was 11,” says a home counties solicitor of her young client. The child is due to be tried soon for a very serious offence which he confessed to after a barrage of police questioning which lasted for 45 minutes. The lawyer, a […]

No exemption for Irish law graduates

MORE than 1,000 Irish law graduates, whose qualifications were called into question by a ruling of the High Court in Dublin, have had their position regularised by the Irish Law Society. The High Court decided the law graduates were not entitled to be exempt from the entrance exam to the society’s training course for solicitors, […]

In brief: Investors in People workshops

Chase Consulting Group, the legal practice management consultants, is hosting a series of workshops for the legal profession based on the Investors in People quality standard. The workshops, which are subsidised by Essex Training and Enterprise Council, will cover four evening seminars offering practical management training in the standard. The first workshops start in November […]

In brief: Firm warns of student housing pitfalls

University housing officers have been told to review their student accommodation policies following an increase in the number of “house in multiple occupation” classifications being issued by local authorities. The Birmingham office of Martineau Johnson has warned that the classification – generally defined as a property occupied by people who do not form a single […]

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