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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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NAB chooses McGrigor Donald as sole UK employment adviser

McGrigor Donald has been appointed sole mainland UK employment provider to banking giant National Australia Bank (NAB). The appointment comes after the bank, which owns a range of operations including Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, decided earlier this year to reduce its employment panel from several firms to just two. Irish practice McCann Fitzgerald has […]

Couderts hires for new media

New York firm Coudert Brothers has lured the managing partner of Preston Gates & Ellis’ Silicon Valley operation to its Northern California offices to build its technology, internet and new media group. Jim Topinka is a corporate securities specialist with a practice focusing on representing emerging companies in technology, manufacturing, retail and financial services. He […]

IBA pledges £25,000 to aid war-torn judiciaries

The business law section of the International Bar Association (IBA) has pledged £25,000 to help found a consortium to aid in restructuring legal systems in war-torn countries. The International Legal Assistance Consortium’s (ILAC) aim is to coordinate immediate international assistance to rehabilitate judicial systems and establish accountability, preventing organisations from duplicating each other’s efforts and […]

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