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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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Clintons, Manches in letter bomb scare

Clintons and Manches, two firms with high profile family law practices, have received suspicious and threatening packages in the post. The packages were addressed to solicitors in their family law departments. Clintons received an anonymous letter bomb, forcing the firm to evacuate staff from its Covent Garden headquarters today (19 November). “We confirm that our […]

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Landwell’s former Dutch arm seals Van Doorne merger

Landwell’s former Dutch firm has sealed a merger with independent Netherlands firm Van Doorne. Landwell will jettison two of its three Dutch offices, concentrating its activities in Amsterdam. It is unclear what will happen to lawyers based outside the Dutch capital. Van Doorne’s London, Curacao and Aruba offices will be unaffected. The newly merged firm […]

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Cunningham John (Simon John) with James Badenoch QC advised Frank O’Brien in his medical negligence claim against the NHS. The claim, which netted O’Brien a £500,000 settlement, was brought nearly 40 years after he suffered brain damage following treatment at the Western Fever Hospital in Fulham. The NHS Litigation Authority was advised by Hempsons, with […]

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