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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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Keith Oliver Considering the recent fortunes of two targets of his admiration – he admits that he is a passionate supporter of Manchester United and that his hero is Eric Cantona – Keith Oliver no doubt hopes his own fortunes will be different. A litigation partner with West End firm Peters & Peters, Oliver is […]

Bring the house to order

As concern grows about the time and money involved in resolving a dispute by litigation, the role of the expert witness is coming under close scrutiny. This is particularly true of disputes relating to construction work where cases routinely take five or six years to get to court, and legal costs become a major factor […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Tim Maloney

Tim Maloney What was your first job? Form monitor (unpaid); barman (paid). What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £1,000 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Sulked. Which law could you live without? The rule against perpetuities. What car do you drive? My wife’s. Who inspires you? […]

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In brief: Lincoln's Inn hosts charity garden party

The Solicitors Benevolent Association, the United Law Clerks’ Society and the Holborn Law Society are among groups organising this year’s Legal Charities Garden Party. The party, to be held at Lincoln’s Inn North Lawns on 21 June, is also being run by the Barristers’ Benevolent Association, the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks Benevolent Fund, the Institute […]

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