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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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If correctly marketed, the Law Society’s annual ‘Make a Will Week’ could provide many solicitors with instructions for the preparation of wills from existing clients and from new clients. While it is more difficult for the promotional week to have any impact on those few City firms which still prepare wills or on other large […]

Event pushes cash for management review

John Malpas reports CHAMBERS are being alerted to the availability of funding to help them bring management systems up to date. News of the funding was broken to the Chambers in Crisis workshop at the Bar Council’s recent conference. Nobody in the audience appeared aware of the cash available from training and enterprise councils (Tecs), […]

In brief: Durnford Ford trial

Last week we wrongly stated that William Digby Bew of collapsed firm Durnford Ford was accused with Graham Durnford Ford of stealing £8.5 million from clients and faced one count of theft. We wish to point out that there has never been any suggestion that Bew stole money from clients. He faces four counts of […]

Annual IT awards

Helen Sage reports The Society for Computers and Law is holding its annual awards for law firms which develop innovative applications for IT. The award is a chance to air uses of IT in law firms to the rest of the profession and its IT advisers. John Irving, of BDO Stoy Hayward and this year’s […]

Lowe gets SCB consultancy

SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe will still have some influence over the bureau’s future despite her decision to resign at the end of the month. Lowe will be working under secretary general John Hayes until she leaves the Law Society at the end of the year. In a message to staff she revealed she […]

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