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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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Merton boss becomes Brent core lawyer

Helen Sage reports The former head of the London Borough of Merton’s legal department, Peter Large, has joined Brent’s core lawyers service, which provides in-house legal advice for the council’s corporate affairs. He said he wanted to move away from the management role he had at Merton and start practising law again. Large was articled […]

Educational forum debates profession's international future

LAWYERS from all over the world have been debating the future of the legal profession at a marathon five-day conference in Oxford. Jesus College was the venue for the International Legal Ed ucation Forum organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group and Oxford Law Society. The stated aim of the forum is to boost global co-operation […]

Better the legal aid scheme you know…

As the political temperature increases in the run-up to spring’s general election, it will be interesting to see what happens to legal aid, its funding and development. The Government’s agenda was set out in the recent white paper. It includes radical changes in the delivery of the service, making it more structured and involving larger […]

Bordeaux forum

Over 100 lawyers from all over Europe will attend a two-day conference for business lawyers scheduled for October 24 and 25 in Bordeaux. For information call Jurist Europe on 33-556-79-50-18.

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