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Romania: Cybersecurity – Call for action for major companies in critical sectors

By Daniele Iàcona, Costin Sandu The first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity is expected to be transposed into Romanian law anytime now, bringing into play enhanced system security obligations for major companies in certain sectors, as well as fines of up to 5 % of non-compliant companies’ turnover. Romania is on its way to finalising the second […]

Hungary: HCA publishes digital consumer protection strategy

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently published a strategy paper presenting its views on consumer protection in the digital age. The paper subtly indicates that the HCA will continue to follow the European Commission’s guidance in this regard. The paper highlights the measures which the HCA deems necessary to protect consumers and keep […]

Under the GDPR, whenever the implementation of personal data processing «uses new technologies and, taking into account its nature, scope, context and purposes” it is liable to «a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons», the data controller must carry out a DPIA

Take nothing for granted – legal privilege and internal investigations

By Nick Williams, Rebecca McNulty The subject of legal professional privilege has been back in the spotlight recently, with the English Court of Appeal decision in SFO v. ENRC substantially reversing the original High Court decision. This stops – at least for now – the erosion of a fundamental legal principle: that a person can seek legal […]

Russia: An important message about geographical indications

By David Aylen, Elizaveta Osipchuk On July 27, 2018, the Russian State Duma passed first reading of a draft bill entitled “On Amendments to Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (on geographical indications)” (the Bill). As a part of the general legislative process, a bill has to undergo three readings at the Russian […]

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Safety measures: de-risking pension schemes

For employers and trustees looking to ‘de-risk’ their pension schemes, the emergence of a series of inventive approaches to dealing with liabilities offer them genuine opportunities to achieve their goals. By Ian Cormican and Caroline Legg With the majority of final salary pension schemes now closed to new entrants and a sizeable number closed to […]

A&O, Addleshaws bag building society sale

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have won key roles on Skipton Building Society’s acquisition of Scarborough Building Society. The A&O team advising Skipton will be headed up by corporate partner Richard Slynn with employment and pensions advice provided by partners Stefan Martin and Maria Stimpson respectively. Scarborough will be advised by financial services […]

Covington enters Middle East alliance

US firm Covington & Burling has signed a strategic alliance with Qatar-based firm Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy. The move is part of Covington’s international expansion plan. In July the firm launched an office in Beijing, but has yet to open in the Middle East. Institution Quraysh has offices in Qatar, Saudi ­Arabia and […]

Feature: Tabloid blues – privacy and the press

Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre’s speech to the Society of Editors, in which he took Mr Justice Eady to task for his privacy rulings, has laid bare the simmering tensions between certain papers and the judiciary. The sex lives of the rich and famous make for salacious reading, but the juiciest information comes at a […]

Camerons gets tough on billing targets

CMS Cameron McKenna has introduced tougher billing targets for partners in a bid to improve the cashflow from recession-hit clients. The firm has introduced two-monthly targets for ­billable hours and cash ­collection. ;Previously ­partners were assessed on quarterly performance. Managing partner Duncan Weston said the move was designed to energise the business during a difficult […]

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