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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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In brief: New code of practice for Scottish lawyers

In Scotland, a code of practice for solicitors carrying out criminal legal assistance came into effect on 1 October. The code is designed to assure clients that there is a consistent quality of service. To obtain legal aid, solicitors must sign up to it. Currently 680 firms and 1,741 individual solicitors have done so.

In brief: Bar Council and Govt discuss new fee system

The Bar Council is in talks with the Government to introduce a transparent and accountable fee system. Bar Council chairman Heather Hallett QC said that although much of the criminal Bar’s work is already covered by fixed fee rates, the Bar wanted to widen that scheme so that all criminal cases have pre-negotiated fees.

LCD boost to CAB advice

A three-year-old project to advise litigants in person at the High Court through a Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) is set to expand, after being praised by a report from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD). An LCD report published last week found that most of the 1,000 clients using the office each year were “completely satisfied” […]

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