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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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In brief: TSG considers limited company status

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) National Committee is recommending turning the TSG into a limited company. At present liability is conferred on individual committee members. The TSG is the first Law Society group to consider incorporation and the final decision will be made by an Extraordinary General Meeting of the full membership on 27 June.

In brief: Lawyers race to victory in City of London

Two lawyers won the eighth annual City of London road race last Thursday. Giles Clifford from Freshfields won the men’s race and Kate Jenrick of Arden Chambers was the first woman to finish. Over 3,000 people took part including Heather Hallett QC, chairman of the Bar Council. The event, organised by Wilde Sapte, raised money […]

Who calls the shots?

Richard Gordon QC was leading counsel for the applicant in R v Louize Collins. Richard Gordon QC outlines the limits of autonomy under the Mental Health Act Consent is an important concept for lawyers. The idea that no one may touch our bodies without permission is central to our intuitive feelings regarding personal autonomy. It […]

In brief: TV show aims to give prisoners new hope

Channel 4 is to broadcast a new live series where viewers are invited to phone in and help prisoners prove their innocence. Clear My Name will run for six weeks starting on 31 May and will be presented by David Jessel.

An audience with a solicitor

Philip Parish believes the hurdles that solicitor-advocates face in getting full higher court rights of audience will ultimately disappear, paving the way for better career opportunities. Philip Parish is a solicitor-advocate at Linklaters. The options open to an aspiring advocate have always been numerous, ranging from criminal or civil, specialist or general practice, in London […]

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