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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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Simmons' Italy extras

Simmons & Simmons has recruited two partners to strengthen its Italian practice. Corporate partner Marco Franzini joins its Milan office from Studio Legale De Berti & Jacchia and telecoms partner Antonio Lombardo moves to the Rome office from Piergrossi Villa Manca Graziadei. The Milan and Rome offices now have nine partners and 40 other legal […]

In brief: Law Soc retains immigration regulation role

Home Secretary Jack Straw has decided to allow the Law Society to continue to regulate immigration solicitors. His immigration white paper, which was published last week, proposes the setting up of a body to regulate non-lawyer advisers but says the government is still considering “the extent to which members of the legal profession should be […]

Dutch to relax MDP rules

The Dutch Bar is close to an agreement with accountancy firm Ernst & Young that could lead to multidisciplinary practices in the country. The Bar is understood to be willing to allow the firm’s tax lawyers to profit share with its allied Dutch law firms – Banning Van Kemenade & Holland and Van Benthem & […]

Outsourcing

Kevin Barrow of Tarlo Lyons advised information technology service provider Atos on its £9m outsourcing deal with Co-operative Retail Services, advised by Denton Hall.

In brief: Brighton walks off with first Lexcel award

The Law Society has awarded its first ever Lexcel quality mark to Brighton & Hove Council’s legal team (pictured above (l-r) Claer Lloyd Jones, Charlotte Snazell,John Heys, Bob Bruce and Alex Bailey). The award – which recognises adherence to the society’s practice management standards – was made after a two-day inspection.

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