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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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Because you’re worth it

Could you put your trust in these people? Jennifer Currie meets the faces that launched a thousand training contracts Advertisers often use ‘faces’ to sell a particular product – think of David Beckham and Police sunglasses or Liz Hurley and Estée Lauder perfume. Law firms are no exception. So are the people who appear in […]

Saab: the final judgment

Judge slams Jones Day lawyer after Saab brothers claim misconduct on Samba share placement deal Mr Justice Peter Smith has slated the working practices of former Jones Day Reavis & Pogue lawyer Mohammed Amersi in last week’s Saab judgment. Throughout the trial the Saab brothers contended that they did not know that Jones Day was […]

End of an era for Blandy & Blandy

The last in a long line of lawyers from the Blandy family, Nicholas Blandy, is retiring from Reading-based law firm Blandy & Blandy at the end of the year. Blandy & Blandy is the UK’s 25th oldest law firm, dating back to 1733. The first Blandy joined the firm in 1783 and there has always […]

Partners predict fee income hike

Irish firms predict a modest growth in fee income and profitability over the next six months, according to a business confidence survey of partners carried out by The Lawyer The majority of partners surveyed said they expect fee income to rise by more than the rate of inflation, but expect profits to remain either static […]

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