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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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Masons opens up in Leeds

Masons officially opens a new office in Leeds next week which will be filled with construction lawyers and a trio of computer specialists who have defected from Dibb Lupton Broomhead. Shelagh Gaskill, a leading computer lawyer, has joined Masons as a partner from Dibbs’ Leeds office. Associate Zoe Ollerenshaw and assistant Ken Cooke have also […]

Scates breaks away from Rosenblatt

Founding partner of London firm Scates Rosenblatt, Steven Scates, has separated from the practice in an “unamicable split”. Scates, who set up the firm with Ian Rosenblatt more than five years ago, has joined Nicholson Graham & Jones as a partner. The City firm says it is also recruiting Scates’s assistant Loretta Peddell next month. […]

Manches links up with Rubensteins

London and Oxford commercial firm Manches & Co is merging with old Gray’s Inn solicitors Rubinstein Callingham Polden & Gale next week. The surprise move will combine a potent mix of specialist expertise and strengthen existing niche areas of both practices within a new top 100 firm. It is expected to have a u15 million […]

Court IT needs funding

Public funds should be made available to finance use of computerised transcript systems because of their help in slashing the cost of complex City trials. Transcript systems can reduce time taken in and out of court, according to top lawyers speaking at the recent The Lawyer conference ‘Operating a profitable litigation department’. However, Government funding […]

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