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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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Guitar maker Gibson has appointed a new general counsel, veteran entertainment law executive Joel Cherry. The former head of business affairs at EMI North America was also a partner in defunct Atlanta firm Katz & Cherry, where he had a glittering client list, including Willie Nelson, LucasFilms and Gloria’s and Emilio’s Estefan Enterprises. He will […]

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Delayed cash collection and insufficient credit checks are continuing to blight UK law firms, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The accountancy firm’s annual “Financial Management in Law Firms” survey reveals that 84 per cent of respondents, that included 47 of the top 100 UK firms, are taking on average 60 days to collect fees. […]

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Paddington Law Centre has had a cosmetic facelift less than one year after being saved from closure. Hammonds and Travers Smith Braithwaite raised funds for the renovations, with Hammonds lawyers devoting one Saturday to do the DIY work. The work included making a roof terrace usable for staff and installing shelves. Meanwhile, creative fund-raising efforts […]

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