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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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Digital TV company Open sets up in-house team

Open, the digital interactive television service created by British Interactive Broadcasting (BIB), has set up its own in-house legal team.Senior solicitor Jonathan Kembery, joins from Arnheim Tite & Lewis, the associate law firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and will become head of legal.Kembery is a specialist in telecommunications, information technology and broadcasting law.Open is also recruiting […]

Jonathan Pickworth on conflicts of interest.

Jonathan Pickworth is a solicitor at Linklaters. The professional world received a shot across the bows in the recent House of Lords decision in Prince Jefri v KPMG [1999] 2 WLR 215. It was held that the erection of a “Chinese Wall” would not necessarily protect a litigant from the risk of inadvertent leakage of […]

Scuffle of the week

Black lawyers are warning Home Secretary Jack Straw that one of his favourite reforms – the removal of trial by election – will further dent the confidence of black Britons in the legal system. Courtenay Griffiths QC says that “there is clear evidence that the black community will be disproportionately affected by the proposed changes”. […]

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Bournemouth Borough Council is suing WH Saunders & Son of Southampton; LG Mouchal & Partners of West Byfleet; and Technical Timber Services of Romsey. The claim against WH Saunders and LG Mouchal is for damages for alleged breach of contracts made between 1984 and 1986 and negligence over the design, specification, and supervision of building […]

OFT could prove bad medicine for chemists

Roger Pearson reports on the Office of Fair Trading’s move to abolish the price fixing of commonly used medicines. A major legal challenge which could have wide-ranging implications for the cost of over-the-counter medicines – and which some say could lead to the closure of many small chemist shops – is now pending. The Government’s […]

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