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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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Scotland

Scottish chiefs split over future of the market

A growing divide is emerging in the Scottish legal market as more firms opt for consolidation as a means to expansion, with Pinsent Masons’ Scottish chair Kirk Murdoch advocating that internationalisation is the only route forward. In an opinion piece today, Murdoch – who was formerly senior partner of McGrigors – writes that internationalisation is […]

All-in@EiG 2013: gaming update

To coincide with the 12th European iGaming Congress and Expo, DLA Piper’s gaming team has launched All-In@EiG 2013, a resource containing updates and analysis of topical legal and regulatory issues across the globe. This year’s publication includes articles from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US. If you are registered and logged […]

Breach of trust: AIB v Redler update

In AIB v Redler & Co, the Court of Appeal decided that, although solicitors had acted in breach of trust by failing to obtain a first legal charge against a property in favour of their client, losses were limited to the additional security that a first legal charge would have provided. In summary, AIB sought to recover its […]

NATS

National Air Traffic Services AGC: Blue-sky thinker

Darren Riley, assistant GC at National Air Traffic Services, deals with everything from volcanic ash clouds to international airspace agreements Most general counsel do not find themselves in the somewhat tricky position of having to try to “get the whole world moving again”, as National Air Traffic Services (Nats) assistant general counsel Darren Riley did […]

M&A is here to stay

Some good tidings: M&A lawyers are reporting a distinct uptick in the volume of deals. Click on the links below for the last few months’ round-up of corporate transactions, including deal of the month, partner of the month and associate of the month. To let us know your latest deals, email natalie.stanton@thelawyer.com Deals round-up: Home […]

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