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New Act on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security

The Hungarian Government recently adopted Act no. LVII of 2018 on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security (the “Act”). Previously we wrote about a similar legislative proposal which aimed at establishing a similar control mechanism. However, the Act has a more sophisticated approach on the control and approval procedure […]

Health and safety at work in Romania: What companies need to know

Failure to take or observe the mandatory measures for health and safety at work may entail, among other types of liability (e.g. civil, administrative), potential criminal liability for employers. The Romanian Criminal Code (the “RCC”) provides for two offences which sanction such failure: i) failure to take the mandatory measures for health and safety at […]

Switzerland: Insolvency law, policy and procedure

By Daniel Hayek and Laura Oegerli Statutory framework and substantive law Swiss restructuring and insolvency proceedings are mainly governed by the Swiss Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law (DEBA), which entered into force in 1892. A number of other laws and ordinances further regulate special aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings, such as specific provisions according to […]

Czech Republic: Office for the Protection of Competition gets tougher

In April 2018 the Office for the Protection of Competition adopted new guidelines on the method of setting fines for competition law infringements,(1) noting that the need for a revision of the previous guidelines had emerged in the wake of developing case law, as well as amendments to the Act on the Protection of Competition. The […]

FOS expansion to SMEs – near-final rules published

By Paul Gair The Financial Conduct Authority yesterday released its policy statement on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper detailing proposals for increasing […]

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Andrew Masterson wants to a way to stop 'looney' litigants.

Andrew Masterson is a commercial/IT litigator with Pinsent Curtis in Leeds. Lords Woolf and Mackay are making a start on reigning in some of the looney litigants who use the courts, but more needs to be done. Often failed businessmen teetering on the bring of insolvency, these litigants’ claims are based on allegations of verbal […]

Lloyd's buoyed up by profits

Storm clouds are finally lifting from Lloyd’s of London after the embattled insurer reported record profits and successfully pushed through its rescue plan at meetings held last week. Litigation by Names, many of whom faced financial ruin after the market’s massive losses in the late 1980s, has subsided in the past year. This has helped […]

IBA and Arab lawyers to debate Lockerbie bombing trial location

ARAB and Scottish lawyers representing the two alleged Lockerbie bombers will meet senior international lawyers at a seminar on the deadlock over the Lockerbie trial in London in September. The seminar, ‘Lockerbie: Where Now? A study of Jurisdiction and Fair Trials’, is hosted jointly by the International Bar Association and the Arab Lawyers Union. Ross […]

Barnards document

Helen Sage reports Barnards Inn Chambers has put together a document for local government lawyers outlining its members’ public sector expertise. The document is designed to be a point of reference for local government lawyers when they need to instruct barristers. Members of the chambers have been acting for local authorities in a wide range […]

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