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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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A prop for property

The Investment Property Forum has sent out more than 2,020 copies of Readiness for Sale, its code of practice on streamlining commercial property transactions. It was published with the support of several major property industry bodies to promote faster and more efficient transfer of property with a view to enhancing the liquidity of property as […]

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Litigation Writs 18/02/97

Tunbridge Wells widow Sarah Bellingham, whose roofer husband, Andrew, died after falling through a hole in a roof while working at Swindon, Wiltshire in 1995 is suing her husband’s former employers, Hathaway Roofing, of Bishops Auckland, County Durham. Writ issued by Dallas Brett, Oxford Nykredit Mortgage Bank of Plymouth is suing Colin Knott, Brian Harding […]

Vice-chair election sets precedent for SLFA

The Solicitors’ Family Law Association is holding its first ever contested election for vice-chair. The candidates are Grant Howell, partner at Charles Russell and chairman of the SFLA training committee, and Rosemary Carter, partner at Cambridge firm Miller & Co and chair of the SFLA mediation committee. Current chair Nigel Shepherd said this was the […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 18/02/97

Richard Hillman Vickers, admitted 1969, practising at material time as RH Vickers, Middlesborough, suspended pending compliance with direction of Solicitors Complaints Bureau and ordered to pay £1,332 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to comply with direction of Complaints Bureau in that he failed to provide up-to-date information about missing deeds. John Michael Davies, 49, admitted […]

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