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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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Bar Council directory heads for Internet

The Bar Council has launched the official Bar Directory on the Internet. The web site is a joint venture with FT Law and Tax, the publisher of the Bar Directory, and it is accessed through the company’s home page at http://www.ftlawandtax.com. Bar Council chair Robert Owen QC said the Internet directory represented “another step forward […]

The SIF shortfall – Law Soc downfall?

The Law Society has been lurching from crisis to crisis in recent times. The Regis project, communication problems with the profession, the High Street Starter Kit, and squabbling at Chancery Lane have done nothing to instill confidence in the average solicitor that the profession is in safe hands. However, the mother of all crises has […]

Ad campaign woos clients with a laugh

Wragge & Co has launched an advertising campaign in a bid to tempt clients away from City litigators. The series of four adverts, extolling the virtues of the 17-partner, 110-lawyer strong litigation department, will appear in the business press over a four-month period. Developed by Vivarini Advertising, the adverts use cartoons making fun of lawyers […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/06/97

Robert Jarrett Whitehead, admitted 1966, Paul Jeffrey Buckingham, admitted 1971, Barry Norman Whitehead, admitted 1970, Peter David Wiseman, admitted 1970, Jan Anthony Jellema, admitted 1975, practising at material times in partnership as Rutherfords fined respectively £5,000, £1,000, £1,000, £1,000 and £1,000, and each ordered to pay £1,750 costs. Allegations substantiated they failed to account for […]

Staring down the barrel of a smoking gun

Late last year, Leigh Day & Co announced its intention to represent a number of former smokers suffering from lung cancer in proceedings against the UK’s two main tobacco companies, Imperial Tobacco and Gallahers. Proceedings have now commenced on behalf of 36 claimants, and it is understood that many more may become involved as the […]

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