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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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Lovells loses third private equity chief as Simmons pounces…

Lovells’ Italian private equity head Andrea Accornero will leave the firm at the end of the month to join Simmons & Simmons’ Milan office. Accornero, whose practice focuses on private equity as well as general M&A, will be replaced as private equity head by Italy senior partner Leah Dunlop. Lovells managing partner David Harris (pictured) […]

Keeble Hawson pays the price

Ten years ago Keeble Hawson bagged a Leeds office, setting it on course for a decade-long ride more rocky than the Pennines.

Law Soc names in-houser Lee as deputy VP

Clinical negligence in-house lawyer Linda Lee has been voted in as the Law Society’s next deputy vice president, it was announced today (15 April). Lee, an in-house lawyer at Action Against Medical Accidents, is currently chair of the Law Society’s legal affairs and policy board. Andrew Holroyd, Law Society president, said: “Linda’s expertise and wide […]

Merger creates Curtis Turner & Drukker

Dorset firm Bruce Curtis Turner & Co and London-based Nicholas Drukker & Co are to merge with effect from 21 April. The partners of the new firm, Curtis Turner & Drukker, will practise from Mitre House, Fleet Street. They are Bruce Curtis Turner, Nicholas Drukker, Keith Grey and David Wheeler. The two firms bring together […]

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