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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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Firm gets IT manager

Linda Tsang reports Manchester firm Cobbett Leak Almond has appointed Neil Davies as IT manager for its city centre offices. Davies will oversee all aspects of IT development for the firm’s 180 staff. The firm’s managing partner Stephen White commented: “This appointment will enable the firm to take advantage of current and predicted technical advances […]

Birmingham firm puts pro bono service on Internet

A BIRMINGHAM law firm has announced what it claims to be the first ever UK on-line pro bono service. The service by Tyndallwoods is aimed at community and environmental pressure groups who can receive advice over the Internet from its newly created Community Law Department. The service is designed to cover planning, environmental and housing […]

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THE LEGAL profession has been urged to take note of a “resounding rejection” of court trials in an opinion poll on civil justice. The National Consumer Council has highlighted the “marked lack of enthusiasm for a full trial” displayed by the respondents to a civil justice survey it commissioned jointly with the BBC’s Law in […]

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