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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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A tempting offer?

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Law Soc pushes for US access

Law Society president Phillip Sycamore is to meet next month with the judge responsible for admissions to the New York Bar, in a bid to convince him to open the way for English and Welsh solicitors to practise in the state. Following private meetings at the ABA conference, the Law Society has also been invited […]

ABA urges UK to join human rights crusade

Newly-appointed American Bar Association president Jerome Shestack has asked the Law Society and Bar Council to help the ABA form a loose federation of Bars dedicated to fighting international human rights abuses. The move has caused unease among some in the international legal community who fear lawyers are being asked to push US values onto […]

Recommendations by ICI chair get mixed response

ICI chairman Sir Ronald Hampel’s recommendations on corporate governance have been welcomed by Herbert Smith partner David Paterson, who chaired the Law Society committee that made submissions to Hampel. But other lawyers have criticised Hampel for pulling back from earlier groundbreaking reports by the Cadbury committee on corporate governance and the Greenbury committee on executive […]

Playing at home

Co-operation rather than merger is the trend in Canada, reports Patrick Stewart. Patrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. When Quebec law firm Ogilvy Renault opened an office in Toronto last year, it marked the end of the formal relationship between the firm and its longtime Toronto associate, and now competitor, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt. The […]

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