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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: NSPCC pushes for pre-trial video hearings

The NSPCC is calling on the Government to introduce pre-trial hearings to allow children to give evidence and be cross examined on video shortly after an offence is alleged to have been committed. The call follows the release of Leicester University research which shows evidence given by children on videotape or by live link does […]

New Eversheds chief set to integrate practices

CARDIFF-BASED solicitor Keith James has been named as the successor to Eversheds chair Victor Semmens. James, currently the firm’s vice-chair, takes over on 1 June as the practice switches from its regional titles to a single national name. His appointment is announced this week following a recent vote by the Eversheds board. Currently the chair […]

Snapshot of change

Nobody’s saying a poll is infallible. Even taking the margin of error into account, they can be treacherous things, as the last general election proved. But The Lawyer’s poll on Law Society voting intentions in the coming presidential elections has thrown up some remarkable data. For one thing, of more than 1,000 people who spoke […]

Barristers to be fined for poor work

BARRISTERS could soon be fined up to £2,000 for the first time for giving clients poor service, if radical Bar Council proposals are accepted. The Bar Council, in keeping with its evolutionary strategy for high standards of service, and against a background of growing numbers of complaints, aims to revolutionise the Bar’s complaints system with […]

Farewell to life of Riley

It is not a happy time for the Irish Bar. As more and more move from the traditional library system set up in 1916 to swish new offices in the vicinity, it is conducting a review of its future. “We are seeing what provisions we are going to make for the future,” says Bar secretary-general […]

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