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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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A convicted murderer is complaining that he has not received enough porridge. Cambridgeshire’s Whitemoor Prison inmate Fathi Toumia is suing the Prison Officers’ Association for “false imprisonment” for locking him in his prison cell all morning and making him miss breakfast. The Court of Appeal is allowing Toumia to pursue the action despite a judge […]

Lord Irvine's favourite set reveals CFA system flaws

A SET held up by the Lord Chancellor as a pioneer of controversial Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) in personal injury actions is now saying the system is flawed. Number 1 Serjeant’s Inn has taken on more than 100 cases on a conditional fee basis, which have highlighted two major potential conflicts of interest. One tenant […]

How not to deal with kids who kill

Paul Cavadino says the James Bulger murder trial revealed the way our legal system treats children who kill is out of sync with the rest of Europe. Paul Cavadino is director of policy at the National Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders. The decision by the European Commission of Human Rights to refer the […]

Linklaters takes credit for Bluewater complex

Linklaters has led a host of top City firms advising on the new Bluewater out-of-town shopping centre in Kent. Billed as Europe’s largest shopping complex development, Bluewater has cost more than u350m to build. Cutting-edge property finance advice over the past year has cost a “considerable amount” in legal fees, say sources. Linklaters is advising […]

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