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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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Hobsons takes on hi-tech whiz-kid

CITY FIRM Hobson Audley has appointed a hi-tech legal expert in an attempt to capitalise on the booming trade in information technology law. Robert Bond has joined the firm as a partner in the practice’s intellectual property and information technology department. Bond, a specialist in multimedia, leisure software and electronic commercial law, was previously a […]

Cautious Law Soc agrees to talks on Green Paper block contracts

DELEGATES at the Law Society’s Legal Aid conference have rejected wholesale opposition to Lord Mackay’s reform plans and voted instead to negotiate over block contracts. A resolution passed by the conference said the meeting “wholly distrusts the basis on which the Green Paper is written” but was prepared to negotiate “over time and with proper […]

Two-way exchange

Taking the fight down to the English, is how one Scottish solicitor describes the growth and development of work for some commercial firms in Scotland. More specifically the growth has been reflected in Glasgow-based firm McGrigor Donald’s emergence as Scotland’s largest firm, overtaking Edinburgh-based firm Dundas & Wilson. McGrigors managing partner Niall Scott says this […]

Open verdict on car crash barrister

THE CAUSE of a high-speed road crash which killed a Chester barrister remains unknown after East Clwyd coroner David Jones recorded an open verdict last week. Trevor Halbert, 42, died after his BMW crashed into a tree on a straight section of the A541 near Mold, North Wales, on 30 April. The car had been […]

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