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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 Law Society is sponsoring its second visit to Kazakhstan with its Book Bus and Bar Leadership project visiting the Central Asian country this week. The project involves a team of 19 young UK solicitors, trainee solicitors and law students running workshops on comparative UK and Kazakhstan law. The group will also be distributing free […]

Hodge Jones' move takes it into the 21st century

EXPANDING London firm Hodge Jones & Allen is celebrating its 20th anniversary by moving office, hiring extra staff and adopting new technology. The practice, which began in September 1977 with three solicitors and now has 70 staff, was due to move 100 yards from its Camden High Street premises to new offices on Camden Road […]

Taxing time for the Inland Revenue

Karen Methold questions whether the Inland Revenue should take a more conventional approach to constitutional matters by letting Parliament decide when we pay our taxes. Karen Methold is a partner at Rooks Rider. The House of Lords judgment in the case of Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Willoughby last month was excellent news for tax […]

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