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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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South West firms tie the knot

Yeovil firm Porter Bartlett & Mayo and Taunton practice Dodson Harding have merged to form a new 25-partner firm, Porter Dodson, which places it among the top 10 firms in the south west. The new firm has 56 lawyers in total and has 10 offices spread throughout the region. Robert Fox, a partner with the […]

City salaries still leave regions in out in the cold

City lawyers’ earnings are continuing to soar ahead of their national colleagues, according to the latest salary survey from recruitment consultants Michael Page Legal. The twice-yearly survey of 500 firms throughout the UK found that experienced regional lawyers are often earning £25,000 to £30,000 less than their colleagues in the City. Newly-qualified City solicitors’ salaries […]

Cornish to join PW's legal arm

Top commodities lawyer Martin Cornish, the senior partner of MW Cornish Batty & Co, is believed to be poised to join Arnheim & Co, the law firm tied to accountancy firm Price Waterhouse. Both Cornish and Paul Downing, head of PW’s European legal network, would neither confirm nor deny the move but if it goes […]

The ugly face of sexism

The fact that the Law Society is considering having a designated women’s seat on the council in order to alleviate sex discrimination is good news for all women in the profession. However, the debate is already retreating into sexism with the age-old claim that successful women solicitors do not want it. Sexism is obviously not […]

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