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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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The accountants are making some lawyers jittery. Some, but not all. There are still plenty of lawyers – mostly transactional – who think the accountants’ return to the legal sector is irrelevant to their business. More fool them; they said the same about the Legal Services Act. The new entrants only threaten the volume end, […]

Eversheds comments on UK government’s proposal to speed up introduction of fracking

David Feist, real-estate litigation partner at Eversheds, has commented on the UK government’s proposed new rules regarding rights to access land in a bid to speed up the introduction of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’. Feist said: ‘The proposals to permit drilling for shale gas and oil under people’s homes and properties, even if they object, […]

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The Lawyer Awards 2014 Shortlist: Private Wealth Team of the Year

In our first in-depth look at our awards shortlisters, the private wealth contenders show how they have shined in the face of globalisation and tougher legislation The trend running through this year’s Private Wealth Team of the Year entries for The Lawyer Awards, sponsored by Duke and Rawson, is internationalisation. Of the five shortlisted entries, three are […]

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Asia moves: 9 June 2014

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. Australia Allens has promoted three lawyers to its partnership, Ho Chi Minh City-based Linh Bui, Melbourne based Peter Haig and Kate Towey in Sydney. Bui advises companies on foreign investment matters in Vietman with a focus on food […]

No5 Chambers’ golf team victorious at the Forum of Insurance Lawyers golf day

No5 Chambers’ golf team was victorious at the FOIL golf day at the Warwickshire Golf Club on 23 May 2014. FOIL, the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, is the professional membership organisation representing those engaged in the defence of insurance-related claims. Paul Bleasdale QC, Adam Farrer, Robert Smallwood and James Parks combined well to produce a winning score of […]

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