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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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Legal aid lesson must be learned from Mansell case

In 1993, Penny Mansell, a desperate young Milford Haven mother on income support, approached Nicola Castle, a partner at Altrincham’s Alexander Harris, for legal help. Mansell was looking for financial compensation to help her look after her young son – struck down with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen at birth. With Castle’s assistance, […]

Lex Mundi targets London

International law firm network Lex Mundi has reversed its long-standing policy of not having an English member firm by announcing its intention to bring a London-based practice into the organisation by next spring. The network, made up of 143 independent firms around the world, voted in early October to change its policy and approach leading […]

Hirst beats De Wilde in Bar Council vice-chair election

Jonathan Hirst QC has been elected vice-chairman of the Bar Council, beating veteran campaigner for greater democracy at the Bar Robin De Wilde QC. Although the Bar Council has not released the voting figures, sources say Hirst won the poll “comfortably”. It was initially thought two other candidates would stand – Julian Malins QC and […]

Environment law in public hands

A United Nations convention finally empowers the public to have a say on environmental issues – but will it have any real effect? Alan Osborn reports. After two years of negotiation involving 37 European countries, a convention to give more power to the public arm over government and industrial decisions affecting the environment was finalised […]

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