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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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UNISON, the second-biggest trades union, is setting out on a major shake-up of its legal panel, involving some of the top names in trades union-related work. Before “rationalising” the panel, which currently has around 12 firms, Unison is to circulate a draft code of conduct to all firms requiring them to perform to agreed standards. […]

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THE LAW Society’s Family Law Committee is renewing its call for the Government to establish a committee monitoring the operation of the Child Support Act and the agency which it established. The call comes in evidence submitted by the the society to the House of Commons Social Security Committee which is conducting a second inquiry […]

Review call for court closures

LAWYERS campaigning against the closure of their courts are applying for an oral hearing for leave for judicial review following the failure of a written application. Sudbury is one of at least eight county courts which are being closed around the country. It shut in April after what local staff and solicitors regard as a […]

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