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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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In brief: Trade mark expert heads to Field Fishers

Trade mark and patent agent expert and qualified solicitor Barbara Cookson has joined Field Fisher Waterhouse’s intellectual property unit as a partner. Cookson is former head of Titmuss Sainer Dechert’s trade mark practice. Intellectual property unit head Mark Abell said: “Barbara has a special expertise in trade marks which complements and adds substantial depth to […]

People with know-how

The Expert Witness event Timetable 29-30 November 1995 Red Hall Barbican Centre Day One 10.30 – The expert’s role and responsibilities, Contingency fees and Meetings of experts 11.30 -The Judicial Committee’s model form of expert report: what it is and how to use it 12.30 – Selecting your expert and maximising his value in today’s […]

Taming of the hired guns

In the context of Lord Woolf’s other recommendations for the civil justice system published in Access to Justice, the proposals for the use of experts look modest. But they could have a big impact on how experts do forensic work. The interim report identified the problems of cost, delay and complexity. These, especially cost, are […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/11/95

Geoffrey Catterall, 34, admitted 1986, practised as partner with Toller Beattie, Barnstaple, Devon, suspended indefinitely. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly utilised client money for benefit of other clients and drew client money in breach of accounting rules. Tribunal said: “It is a matter of great concern when a young and inexperienced solicitor, indeed at […]

A meeting of minds

The use of forensic evidence in criminal trials and medical specialists in personal injury cases are probably the best known examples of legal use of expert testimony. However, environmental legislation defines the areas of regulatory responsibility more and more, with the result that such legislation also defines areas of liability and answerability in law. The […]

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