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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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Alison Laferla tracks the careers of five rising stars at the bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them. Sean Jones 11 King’s Bench Walk Called to the bar:1991 Professional achievements/associations: Employment Lawyers Association (deputy chairman and chairman of Europe Committee); Bar European Group; Employment Law Bar Association; Industrial Law Society. Columnist for […]

A wake-up call for regional firms

Having staked their claims in the capital, the US giants are descending on cities further north. The news that Reed Smith Shaw & McClay is eyeing up the Midlands comes as good news for the Government which can claim a nationwide economic recovery. But it is a salutory message for firms outside London which have […]

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Jack Straw is a man with teeth. But he’s more likely to bare them than reveal them in a grin, Fiona Callister discovers. Somewhere along the way, Jack Straw must have missed out on a New Labour training session. For this is a Government that likes to show off its collective dental work: Blair can […]

In brief: Sinclair Roche & Temperley

Sinclair Roche & Temperley has appointed former Shanghai admiralty judge Chen Zhensheng as its senior People’s Republic of China legal consultant in Shanghai. Sinclair Roche has also appointed Adrian Clarke as its chief representative in Shanghai.

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