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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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Partners quit Sydney firm in MDP row

Australian law firm Middletons Moore & Bevins has lost a quarter of its Sydney-based partners – after turning down a merger approach from a big accountancy firm. The 73-partner practice is one of Australia’s top 10 firms but the recent upheavals have seen seven of the Sydney office’s 29 partners move to other firms. All […]

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There is a recruitment crisis at the Lawyer’s firm. This means the children and I see little of him at the moment, as a “clear desk” policy only works if you’ve got someone else’s desk to dump everything on, and he is not only working 14-hour days, but suffering from severe delegation withdrawal. He makes […]

Leading the market in the North

When it comes to the regions, it is difficult to imagine a more competitive marketplace than Leeds. Yet not content to simply defend their regional turf, the major Leeds firms are setting their sights on the City and Europe. It is generally acknowledged that there are six main players in the Leeds market: Addleshaw Booth […]

Designers appeal to Lords

Designers Guild and Russell Williams (Textiles) may go to the House of Lords in a copyright tussle. Designers Guild successfully sued Russell Williams in the High Court last year, alleging infringement of copyright in one of its fabric designs. However, Russell Williams succeeded in overturning the decision on appeal. The Appeal Court ruled there had […]

B&B reveals 13-strong legal panel

Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents has announced its first panel of 13 law firms to take on bulk conveyancing work. Shoosmiths & Harrison, Hammond Suddards, Addleshaw Booth & Co, Denton Hall and Eversheds are among firms selected. Others on the panel are: Walker Morris and Blacks in Leeds, Bretherton Price Elgoods in Cheltenham, EDC Lord […]

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