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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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Nine female lawyers make the cut in 2014’s Part Time Power List

Nine female lawyers have featured in this year’s Part Time Power list of high-earning successful professionals, which collects 50 people that succeed in part-time jobs across several industries. The legal industry is at the top of the list this year in second place in terms of representation, following the TMT sector.  The list includes both […]

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Empower the North to galvanise growth

Northern cities will need more than token devolved power if they are to become an economic Powerhouse to rival the South-east. The Chancellor recently expanded on his vision of a “Northern Powerhouse”, a hub of commercial activity concentrated around the north of England’s largest cities. This overarching vision forms part of a larger economic goal […]

DLA Piper announces appointment of Erwan Lacheteau to Paris finance and projects team

DLA Piper has welcomed Erwan Lacheteau to its finance and projects team in Paris. He advises on structured finance with a particular focus on real-estate financing. He is known for his experience with investment funds and financial institutions and has advised on a large number of complex real-estate transactions. Lacheteau will work closely with the […]

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Leigh Day and Public Interest Lawyers face criticism as Al-Sweady Inquiry concludes

Leigh Day and Public Interest Lawyers were the subject of criticism by defence secretary Michael Fallon yesterday (17 December) following the publication of a report into allegations that British forces tortured and executed Iraqi citizens. The Al-Sweady Inquiry was set up after it was alleged that British soldiers had ill-treated and killed Iraqi detainees following […]

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