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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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ABA task force to probe threat posed by MDPs

THE AMERICAN Bar Association (ABA) has set up a top-level inquiry into the threat posed to the legal profession by multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). The inquiry was announced by the ABA’s new president, Philip Anderson, at its annual conference in Toronto last week. Tax expert Sherman Simmons, of US firm Steel Hector & Davis, will head […]

In brief: Wolferstans and McKenzies unveil link-up

West Country firm Wolferstans has merged with Exeter firm McKenzies, a niche motorcycling practice. Wolferstans now has 60 lawyers, more than 35 of whom are involved in personal injury accident work.

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Business is booming at the intellectual property Bar and big names, as well as newer silks, are in great demand – though generally concentrated within three sets. These are Three New Square, headed by David Young QC, the “charming and delightful” Michael Fysh QC’s chambers at 8 New Square and 11 South Square where Christopher […]

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A model claims her agent took over half her earnings and failed to give her a true account of her work. Roger Pearson reports. One of the tabloid press’s favourite topless models is heading for a High Court confrontation with her agent. Jordan, whose real name is Katie Price, is suing her agent, Helen Smith, […]

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