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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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Scott becomes new vice chancellor

Lord Justice Scott, heading the inquiry into the alleged sale of arms to Iraq, has been named as the new vice-chancellor. He takes over on 1 October from Sir Donald Nicholls who has been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

Carol Mulcahy suggests ways of beating court delays

Carol Mulcahy A frequently expressed concern of litigators is the shortage of judges and the time it takes to get a case heard. Despite recent improvements in the lists, what is also frustrating is the delay experienced in obtaining an appointment for an interlocutory application before a Queen’s Bench Master. A carefully formuIated “offensive” strategy […]

Would-be Bar students lose CLE battle

Four students rejected from Bar School have lost their legal battle against the Council for Legal Education’s selection process. They brought judicial review proceedings against the CLE on the grounds that the selection process was flawed because it failed to take into account degree results and post-graduate qualifications. A CLE spokesman said after the hearing: […]

Market overt loophole to be closed

VALUABLE paintings stolen from Lincoln’s Inn will this week be the subject of one of the last legal battles over the ancient law of market overt. The legal loophole, allowing buyers to retain title to stolen goods if they are bought from certain open-air markets, is on the way out. A private members’ bill abolishing […]

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