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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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New hope for in-house teams in battle for legal privilege

THE EUROPEAN Commission has promised to consider demands from in-house lawyers that their advice should enjoy legal privilege during competition investigations. In-house lawyers have seized on the promise, which was made in a speech last month by Jonathan Faull, director of general competition policy, as a sign that their long-standing campaign to secure professional privilege […]

Bar Council pilot gives public direct access to Bar

The Bar Council is set to launch a pioneering scheme which will enable the public to bypass solicitors when consulting barristers. The “direct access” pilot will be launched at the end of this month through advice centres in Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Cambridge. The barristers’ fees will be funded through legal aid, or privately, […]

Our man in Bahrain

In the news story in The Lawyer (7 October) concerning the closure of Clifford Chance’s office in Bahrain (“Clifford Chance to centralise in Dubai”), you state that “…Norton Rose is the only other UK firm in Bahrain”. I would like to point out that Palmer Cowen (of Mayfair) continues to operate an office in Bahrain […]

Convicted murderers appeal

Two convicted murderers are to challenge their convictions in the House of Lords. Graham Carlo Bingham and Samuel David Cooke, convicted by Mr Justice Higgins at Belfast Crown Court on 10 December 1994, have been given leave to appeal on the question of whether the judge was entitled to refuse the cross-examination of a defendant […]

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