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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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Schroders institutes in-house shake-up as chief joins Barings

Schroders is set to overhaul its in-house legal department following the imminent departure of its head of legal for corporate services Sandie Okoro. As first reported by The Lawyer (19 February), Okoro is set to join Baring Asset Management in May, taking up the newly created role of global head of legal. Schroders general counsel […]

Birmingham Council aims for £500K surplus in legal

Birmingham City Council’s legal team is targeting a trading surplus of £500,000 within three years – more than any other local authority’s legal team in the UK. The surplus is the extra income generated by legal teams after costs from doing legal work for external clients, such as businesses, schools, other local authorities and developers. […]

Ince puts spotlight on capital in latest round

Ince & Co‘s London office has picked up six of the seven firmwide partnership promotions following a barren round this time last year. The six City senior associates will be made up on 1 May, boosting the partnership to 78. The seventh promotion will take place in the firm’s Shanghai office. Three of the new […]

The benefits of recruitment agencies

One phrase that is frequently overused and invariably underapplied is ‘staff are our greatest asset’. Easy to say – but how often are the words backed up by reality? How much time and energy do we really spend on ensuring we recruit the best staff to the best positions, and keep them there?In law, perhaps […]

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