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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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The head of McGrigor Donald’s company department in Glasgow has left the firm to join the media practice of Cheltenham-based Wiggin and Co. Corporate lawyer Stephen Cook, who specialises in the cable and satellite sector, is now based in Wiggin and Co’s London office. While at McGrigor Donald, Cook focused on corporate work for media […]

Theodore Goddard wins on employment dispute

THE CITY has welcomed a Appeal Court ruling seen as an important test case for the validity of employment contracts. Peter Cooke, head of Theodore Goddard’s employment law department, helped to win the appeal case for investment company Credit Suisse Asset Management (CSAM). The Court of Appeal rejected an application by 10 former employees of […]

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Semtex finding may be tip of iceberg

Leading criminal lawyers believe evidence of contamination found in the Forensic Explosives Laboratory may have threatened the safety of many more convictions than the 12 cited by the Government. Bindmans partner Neil O’May, who is reassessing the explosives cases he has handled, said last week’s admission that laboratory equipment had been contaminated with RDX, a […]

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