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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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Michael Shaw: Cobbetts

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Irwin Mitchell fights care home to halt eviction of Alzheimer’s victim

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Dutch court scuppers ABN Amro sale

A Dutch commercial court has ruled that ABN Amro cannot proceed with the $21bn (£10.5bn) sale of its US operations to Bank of America (BoA). Judge Huub Willems ruled that the Dutch banking giant needed shareholders’ approval before agreeing to sell La Salle. The judgment triggers a potential lawsuit by BoA, which is being advised […]

Growing your own

The growth of owner-managed businesses in the South East has opened up opportunities for law firms servicing the region. By Matt Newman A major challenge for law firms in the South East is to understand how they can work with the owner-managed business (OMB) market to capitalise on the opportunities in the region.The rest of […]

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