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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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Strategic council post

Chelmsford solicitor Gay Hollebon has been appointed assistant chief executive at the borough. His role will be to manage the council’s public relations and marketing, as well as to head a new strategy and programme management unit, with the task of over-seeing the council’s long-term strategy. Hollebon has been with the council for nine years.

Litigation Recent Decisions 11/02/97

Duty of care only owed to relevant parties (1) BCCI (Overseas) (in liquidation) (2) BCCI Holdings (Luxembourg) (in liquidation) (3) BCCI (plaintiffs) v (1) Price Waterhouse & ors (2) Ernst & Whinney & ors (defendants) (1997) Summary: An auditor does not owe a duty of care to the world at large when performing an audit.

Chief declines post

Chris Fogarty reports M Lambeth Council chief executive Heather Rabbatts has been forced to give up a £60,000 private directorship job after objections from councillors. Rabbatts, a barrister, wanted to take up an offer to sit on the board of Centrica, the gas supply and trading arm of British Gas, for a three-year term. However, […]

Anniversary seminar focuses on high street

THE HOME Secretary Michael Howard was the guest of honour at a high street crime prevention seminar held by Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh. The conference, held by the firm to mark its 350th anniversary, saw the firm’s senior partner, Tony Askham, call on the government to continue making the prevention of high street […]

Personalities book their days in court

After a two-week hearing which saw literary personalities including Tom Stoppard and Auberon Waugh, and former Liberal leader Sir David Steel take the witness box to argue in favour of keeping the 96-year-old Net Book Agreement, the Restrictive Practices Court has reserved judgment. Mr Justice Ferris, Mr J A King and Mr D B Colgate […]

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