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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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As stamp duty land tax comes into effect, Kirsten Davison highlights the dramatic effect this will have on commercial landlords and tenants alike 1 December heralds the introduction of stamp duty land tax (SDLT). The new legislation represents a major upheaval of the existing stamp duty regime, and its impact will be widely felt across […]

Why the smaller firms have had a great year in Germany

Aled Griffiths on why Osborne Clarke, Bird & Bird and Linklaters spin-off Schiedermair are making it big The federal nature of the German legal market has meant rich opportunities for firms wanting to colonise local centres. The financial and industrial heartland of Germany, from Düsseldorf down to Frankfurt via Cologne, has occupied the attentions of […]

Ofcom’s general counsel role ditched in legal team overhaul

The new broadcasting and communications regulator Ofcom has dispensed with the general counsel function after finally agreeing on the makeup of its legal team. Back in July, Ofcom offered jobs in the office of the general counsel to senior figures within the existing regulators (the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Independent Television Commission, Oftel, the Radio Authority and […]

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Hammonds partner Michael Cassidy was the ‘face’ of London after the IRA bombing. As Emma Vere-Jones reports, he’s still a City boy at heart It is appropriate that Michael Cassidy’s first childhood memory is of something that is intrinsically London – a double-decker bus. This is because anyone who has met Cassidy will know that […]

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