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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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Taylor Wessing favours Germany in all-male promos round

Taylor Wessing has promoted 12 lawyers to its partnership with the majority based in Germany in a reduced promotions round. As in 2012 (9 May 2012) and 2013 (26 April 2013), the majority of the firm’s promotions are heavily Germany-focused. For this round the firm has made seven partner appointments in Germany including two in […]

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Accutrainee: Revolution postponed

At the time of its launch Accutrainee was described as a revolutionary change to the training model. Has it proved to be so? Not really. Among the 550 or so trainees who qualified as solicitors this spring, Flora Hussey and Simon Latham were quite unusual. The duo became the first people to qualify via Accutrainee. […]

Eversheds says commercially valuable data handlers need to protect against malware

Liz Fitzsimons, legal director at Eversheds, has commented on the two-week window companies have in which to protect data from a global malware network.  Fitzsimons said: ‘Protection against the impact of GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker should be considered imperative by all bodies handling personal information and commercially valuable data. These companies must ensure they have assessed […]

International firms reassess position in Asia Pacific

Bird & Bird has just become the latest firm to expand its footprint in the Asia Pacific after signing alliance agreements with two Indonesian firms last week. Yet the appetite for growth across the region slowed in 2013. According to one partner at a firm in the region, it’s a sign of a maturing market. […]

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