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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 […]

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 […]

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: issues facing lawyers and clients today

Have there been any major changes or developments in your jurisdiction over the past 12–18 months? How have these impacted your practice? In August 2016, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) issued the Insurance Manager Code of Conduct requiring insurance managers to follow a set of procedures when carrying out their functions. In September 2017, the […]

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Free pension advice all round

The Solicitors’ Staff Pension Fund (SSPF) will provide free pension advice to lawyers in half-hour consultations at the Law Society this month. The clinics, organised in conjunction with the London Young Solicitors Group, will be held on 7 and 13 September. SSPF representatives will provide individual advice between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Contact Clare Jones at […]

BBC programme seeks HDC lawyers

The BBC’s investigative current affairs programme Here and Now is on the look-out for solicitors with clients interested in the activities of the Health Development Club (HDC). Assistant producer Sally Webb says: “We know there has definitely been one solicitor, but there could turn out to be lots.” She can be contacted at the BBC […]

Clampdown on the 'cowboy' barristers

SOLICITORS are getting tough with “cowboy” barristers who double book and let down their clients. The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) is to launch a barristers’ charter pinpointing standards that counsel should meet. The charter aims to put the solicitor-barrister relationship on a more formal footing and includes sanctions against those who fail to come […]

Alleged Dolphin defects

The House of Lords is to decide whether Darlington Borough Council can sue Wiltshire Northern over alleged defects, amounting to u2 million, in the Dolphin Centre development at Darlington. The Law Lords Appeal Committee has allowed the council to lodge objections to moves by Wiltshires to challenge an Appeal Court ruling on 28 June paving […]

Law Society to iron out qualifications

THE hotch-potch of courses available to para-legals has prompted the Law Society to work towards its own qualifications for solicitors’ staff. A questionnaire is being sent out to practitioners to identify areas to be tested. The idea is to develop a recognised training programme within the framework of National Vocational Qualifications to ensure standards are […]

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