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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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New laws designed to give British citizens better access to justice risk failure as they offer inadequate guidance to public authorities on how to comply with the law, according to a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research last week. The report’s authors recommend the creation of a “human rights commission” to provide […]

Prescott faces probe into housing ruling

Roger Pearson reports on an appeal which could find the Deputy Prime Minister guilty of not following his own guidelines. The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, recently cleared in the High Court of failing to comply with his own guidelines relating to levels of housing in the countryside, is now to face a Court of […]

Parker is City's first female senior partner

CITY firm Withers has elected the head of its family law department, Diana Parker, as its new senior partner. Parker, 40, is believed to be the youngest senior partner of any firm in the Top 100. She is also thought to be the first female senior partner of a City firm, although there are already […]

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