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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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Coal Authority looks outside for legal advice

The newly-established Coal Authority, which this month took over as the industry’s regulatory body, has recruited Ian Cartwright as its in-house lawyer. Cartwright, who has switched from the Potato Marketing Board, is the authority’s solicitor and secretary with responsibility for farming out legal work to private practice. He confirms he is in discussion with English […]

Software saves eye test fees

FIRMS struggling to comply with EU directives on health and safety – whereby they have to pay for their employees’ eye tests – are being targeted by a new service. Supplier Screen Vision and City University have developed a software package which can perform an eye test at the user’s premises. Carried out by a […]

Employment not union

Further to your article entitled “Employment partner joins 15 Old Square” in The Lawyer 8 November 1994 I feel that your description of my Chambers as “a leading union applicant set” is slightly misleading. While we are proud of our union and applicant work, I think it would be more accurate to describe us as […]

Stein cleared of fraud

WELL-KNOWN sports lawyer Mel Stein has been acquitted of mail fraud and money laundering charges by a New Orleans court. Stein, consultant at London firm Finers, avoided extradition when he flew out to the US to face the charges along with a US lawyer a month ago. The US lawyer was also acquitted. He had […]

TRADE MARKS ACT 1994

English law up to now on the protection of trade marks stems from the Trade Mark Act of 1938. To some extent, and with increasing implications for retailers and other brand owners slugging it out in the supermarkets, the legislation was out of tune with present day commercial realities. The recent spate of squabbles over […]

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