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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 […]

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US firm Goldberg Segalla is to launch in London next month after hiring reinsurance heavyweight Clive O’Connell.  Move of the week O’Connell formerly headed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s commercial risk and reinsurance practice, but left the firm in November last year following its merger with Clyde & Co. He will lead Goldberg Segalla’s London […]

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