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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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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is expected to deliver its much-anticipated decision regarding the pending merger of bookstore chains Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s. HMV Group, which owns rival bookstore chain Waterstone’s, made a formal £96.4m takeover

First the climbdown, now the costs. Was BCCI worth the money?

When litigation goes on for over a decade, the costs mount up, and BCCI is no exception. It is, however, highly unusual for the defendants to rack up higher legal fees than the claimants. In the recent Equitable Life case, settled only three years after being launched and after less than a year in court, […]

Introduction: Partnerships

Is there anything closer to the heart of lawyers than the structure of their own partnerships? Numerous changes to the structure of partnerships are currently being debated,with forces at play such as the Government’s proposals to introduce multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs),which were unveiled last month (17 October).The recommendationsgo a step further than those made by Sir […]

BLP property team inspires 17 per cent revenue growth

BERWIN Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) real estate team has led the firm’s half-year 17 per cent growth in revenue, with the Robert MacGregor-led department up 26 per cent on its 2004 figures. The firm’s corporate and finance departments are both up 15 per cent at the half-year mark, and managing partner Neville Eisenberg said the firm […]

DLA Piper wins DWS star for Dubai launch

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is to launch its new Dubai office in the New Year and has raided Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) for its first high-level appointment in the region. The firm will start operating in the Middle East in January with a small team and will expand the office during the spring. In […]

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