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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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Court backs firm against interference from police

A High Court ruling has been hailed as a major step in reinforcing the rights of solicitors. Lord Justice Balcombe and Mr Justice Buxton last week found a Metropolitan Police detective guilty of contempt for obstructing London firm JD Spicer & Co in its attempt to trace possible alibi evidence for a client facing a […]

Accountants tread on legal toes

Neasa MacErlean reports on how accountants are moving towards legal services and asks whether they will be successful According to David Temporal, of management consultants Hod-gart Temporal, it is only a matter of time before several of the large accountancy firms decide to provide full-blooded legal services. “They will make significant steps in this direction […]

Father and son return to the family practice

A FATHER and son team of commercial law partners are returning to the firm which bears their family name. Peter Halliwell and his son Mark are leaving Lace Mawer to join Manchester neighbours Halliwell Landau. Halliwell senior founded the Halliwell Landau practice more than 20 years ago; his son joined him and completed his articles […]

Management buyout forms new firm

Home counties law firm Brain & Brain has split after a management buyout by four of its partners. The Basingstoke office is being relaunched as Brain Chase Coles, while the Reading branch continues as Brain & Brain. Heads of both firms say the split is amicable and evolved by commercial work going to Reading while […]

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