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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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Kennedys hires six to boost insurance

Rapidly expanding City firm Kennedys has recruited six lawyers in a drive to build up its existing insurance litigation practice. The firm has recruited three partners from Dibb Lupton Alsop, a partner from Lawrence Graham and two lawyers from Lloyd Cooper. Christopher Sharrock, Christina Jabri and senior assistant, David Sullivan, will join Kennedys from Dibbs’ […]

Carter-Ruck calls for libel reform

Veteran libel law guru, Peter Carter-Ruck has called for an overhaul of the way defamation cases are run. Speaking at a seminar in Disneyland where the senior consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners went head-to-head with Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop, he said: “I think it is scandalous there is no legal aid for defamation. […]

Scuffle of the week

Mike Tyson may be back in jail, but Derry “Rowdy” Irvine and Jack “Hard Man” Straw have stepped into the ring in this thrilling “Clash of the Civil Servants”. The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) and the Home Office clashed again last week when LCD Minister of State, Geoff “The Boy” Hoon slated the way civil […]

ECJ employment ruling is a 'fudge'

Employment lawyers have described a decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to send a key unfair dismissal case back to the House of Lords a “fudge”. Lawyers claim the decision to send the case back to the UK will hinder similar claims forms going through the courts. The case centres on Nicole Seymour-Smith […]

Burges Salmon hires CWC's head of taxation

NIGEL Popplewell, a leading health and tax lawyer in the South West, is leaving Clarke Willmott & Clarke to head up the corporate tax team at Burges Salmon. Michael Clarke, managing partner of Clarke Willmott & Clarke, says: “We wish Nigel well, and we are recruiting elsewhere – particularly in planning – and intend to […]

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