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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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Vizards in turmoil as equity partnership splits in two

City insurance specialist Vizards was in disarray last week after its eight equity partners split into two camps, both of which went on to claim they had secured the backing of the bulk of the rest of the firm. The split happened during a partners’ meeting on 22 October, when four of the equity partners […]

In brief: Centaur buys Consultancy Europe Associates

Centaur Communications, which owns The Lawyer and Lawtel, has bought Consultancy Europe Associates (CEA), which produces the Spicers Centre for Europe database covering all EU legislation and policy since 1987. Formed in 1989 by Peter Winter and Charles Bright, CEA acquired the database and related assets of Spicers in December 1991. After the death of […]

MS sufferer sues Wilde Sapte for discrimination

A budding lawyer with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who was laid off by Wilde Sapte while in hospital, has accused the firm of discrimination. In one of the first cases of its kind to reach an industrial tribunal, Rubina Cassell is bringing a claim against the firm under the new Disability Discrimination Act. Stratford Industrial Tribunal […]

In brief: Circuit judges take control of Woolf reforms

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has appointed 30 circuit judges across the country to the new post of designated civil judge. They will be in charge of the courts in their area and will take a lead in overseeing the introduction of Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms next April.

Isle of Man takeover

Isle of Man firm Dickinson Cruickshank & Co has taken over niche company and commercial litigation practice Morris Maddrell. The addition of Maddrell’s two partners will boost the number of partners at Dickinson Cruickshank to 12, making it the largest firm on the island above Cains.

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