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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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Carr swerves to avoid the barrage of publicity

Christopher Carr QC is the master of understatement. His submission in one legal directory startlingly reveals that he is based at One Essex Court and is recommended for commercial litigation, energy and utilities. There is no mention of his career development, professional memberships or personal interests. In fact there is very little information about him […]

Leigh Day asbestos case comes to UK

Leigh Day & Co has lodged High Court compensation claims on behalf of more than 1,500 South Africans who were exposed to asbestos while working for a UK-based company. The action follows a landmark Lords ruling refusing the company, Cape, leave to appeal against an earlier ruling allowing the case to be brought in the […]

Justifying #1m to stakeholders

I REFER to your report on a US law firm seeking a partner for its London office and apparently willing to offer drawings at the #1m level (The Lawyer, 11 January). Given the office overheads that go into generating fees to provide for an income at that level, the successful applicant will have to maintain […]

In brief: Louise Woodward

Louise Woodward, the British au pair whose murder trial was televised live to a viewing audience of millions in the United States, will go public to oppose the lifting of a ban on television cameras in British courts. Woodward, 20, who was convicted of the manslaughter of 18-month-old Matthew Eapen, will address a gathering of […]

Pilot schemes show the way

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. FAR FROM “fast-track justice hitting a brick wall” (The Lawyer, 24 November 1998), pilot schemes to speed up criminal justice have so far been very encouraging. These pilots have only been running since the […]

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