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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 […]

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 […]

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: issues facing lawyers and clients today

Have there been any major changes or developments in your jurisdiction over the past 12–18 months? How have these impacted your practice? In August 2016, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) issued the Insurance Manager Code of Conduct requiring insurance managers to follow a set of procedures when carrying out their functions. In September 2017, the […]

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Brixton solicitor Angello Hornby and Linklaters litigation partner Katie Bradford, who are among 500 leading women who are attending the 43rd Women of the Year Lunch this week. Hornby co-founded the Brixton all-female firm Hornby Ackroyd & Levy in 1980 and has created strong ties with the local community. Bradford is a property specialist and […]

Local society changes tack to round on SIF

A local law society that initially backed the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has now blasted Chancery Lane for “fundamentally misleading” the profession. Milton Keynes and District Law Society was one of 19 law societies that called for the retention of SIF during the consultation on the future of solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance in the summer. […]

Shadbolt enters HK

Reigate-based Shadbolt & Co – a niche construction law practice set up by the former head of McKenna & Co’s construction department – has opened a two-lawyer Hong Kong office, to be run by former Simmons & Simmons partner Colin Dodd.

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If you really want it, you can buy the domain name “billgates.com” through a company called Domainmart. The asking price is $1m. The activities of domain name speculators are getting out of hand. Although technically the names are little more than addresses, enabling one computer to find another over the Internet, the value that can […]

Cost-led reforms spell 'disaster'

Proposed reforms to the legal system threaten the existence of the specialist criminal advocate and could spell disaster in the long term, Bar Council chair Heather Hallett QC has warned. Delivering her address at the Bar’s annual conference on 4 October, Hallett condemned a series of proposed and recent reforms which, she said, amounted to […]

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