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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: Merged firms to target property sector

Southampton firm Gore Wood has merged with Blake Lapthorn’s commercial property department to create a 16 lawyer-strong unit capable of dealing with every type of property matter outside London. The unit will be based at Blake Lapthorn’s new purpose-built office, Harbour Court, which is situated on the M27 near Portsmouth. Pictured (l-r) are Steven Henshaw, […]

Bypassing a legal roadblock

The legal team undoubtedly played a major role in steering the recent case, of a Norfolk couple whose luxury home at Wroxham was blighted by bypass plans, back before the Parliamentary Ombudsman. But, in what is regarded as a case that breaks new ground in respect of the legal right to overturn the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s […]

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Alison Laferla reports IT security is an issue to ignore at your peril. The DTI produces a basic guide to security called the Business Manager’s Guide to Information Security, which is available free on 0171 215 1962. Also, a free magazine aimed at combating software theft will be launched next month. Produced by Microsoft, it […]

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