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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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Spain modifies patent box regime — seven things to know

By Carlos Rodríguez Spain’s modified ‘patent box’ regime is now in effect. The most important developments — which became effective on 29 September — are as follows: The exemption on revenues from granting the right to use certain qualifying intellectual property (IP) rights has risen to 60 per cent of the net income. This exemption […]

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Round table on cross-border disputes – Bandwagons roll

Lawyers welcome cross-border regulatory co-operation but countries piggy-backing on investigations is a step too far US and UK watchdogs are increasingly co-operating on transatlantic financial services investigations, with regulators in other jurisdictions piggy-backing on the probes to create a global web of demands on the sector’s in-house lawyers.  Regulation specialists told a recent round table […]

Banks review advisers as legal costs hit profits

Money is being knocked out of banks like a papier-mâché piñata. A piñata that’s been walloped by a proverbial bat labelled Legal Costs, over and over again. But we’re not talking chocolate money in this game. Not long after US banking giant JP Morgan reported a quarterly loss after taking a $9.2bn (£5.8bn) hit in […]

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Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the legal profession, and information security should be at the top of any lawyer’s agenda. This week The Lawyer publishes an edition dedicated to the issue of cyber security. Read what the security experts have to say about the vulnerability of law firms – and then do something about it. […]

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