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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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In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society has brought a criminal prosecution against a man who falsely claimed to be a solicitor, for the first time in 10 years. James Chalmers Park was fined £3,000 by Harrow Magistrates Courts and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs to the Law Society after he was found guilty of six counts of […]

Partners on the move

Taylor Joynson Garrett has expanded its commercial property department with the appointment of Adam Marks as a partner. Marks joins from West End firm Walsh Lawson, which will be formally taken over by Kingsley Napley at the end of March. Clarke Willmott & Clarke has gained planning specialist Stephen Pasterfield from Bristol firm, Lawrence Tucketts. […]

In brief: A revolutionary pilot scheme

A revolutionary pilot scheme to allow lawyers to perform conveyancing searches online – in a fraction of the usual time – is set to go nationwide within a year after landing a £4m government grant. National Land Information Service chief Peter Sizer says some of the money will be used to develop the National Land […]

Alexander Harris hires Pritchard two

LEADING clinical negligence firm Alexander Harris has recruited two prominent partners from rival Pritchard Englefield to head its new London office. The new office is due to open this week. However, Pritchards is declining to tell Alexander Harris when it will release Grainne Barton, partner in charge of clinical negligence, and Katherine Pedler, clinical negligence […]

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