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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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Litigation Recent decisions 06/06/95

Agricultural land qualifying for tax relief Starke and anor v Inland Revenue Commissioners (1994). (CA (Stuart-Smith LJ, Morritt LJ, Ward LJ) 19/5/95). Summary: Farmhouse and buildings do not qualify for inheritance tax relief as agricultural property under s.116 Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (formerly Capital Transfer Tax Act 1984). Appeal from decision summarised below holding that […]

Denton Hall plays part in face-lift for Barking

Cyril Dixon CITY firm Denton Hall helped sow the seeds of a new community when it negotiated terms for an urban regeneration scheme for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The Barking Reach project aims to create accommodation for 15,000 people in a complex featuring 5,500 homes plus leisure centres, shops and social amenities […]

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The main objective for investing in computer systems, whether for office or home use, is that they are meant to carry out a task more quickly, more easily and more accurately. This means that they leave more time for doing the things you want or need to do either at home or in the office. […]

Party wins youth over

THE YOUNG Labour Lawyers Group strongly supports Labour plans for a Judicial Appointments and Training Commission, put forward in the ‘Access to Justice’ paper in February, now contained in the party’s draft policy statement. The judicial commission is contained in one of the three main areas of Labour’s policy, which focus on community legal service, […]

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