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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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Costs Of Trial

Legal experts predict the Maxwell trial could cost the taxpayer up to £25 million, placing it among one of the most expensive cases to come to court. It has taken nearly three years from the arrest of Kevin and Ian Maxwell following a Serious Fraud Office investigation into the Maxwell media empire to reach court […]

Discrimination challenge

* Further moves by the gay lobby to challenge alleged discrimination in the armed forces against gay men and lesbian women are headed for the courts. Following the recent grant of leave for former RAF nurse Jeannette Smith, who claims that she was sacked because she is a lesbian, to ask the High Court to […]

Know your limitations

Keith Ryan reports on a recent case which makes it easier to sue a professional adviser A recent decision by the House of Lords could open the floodgates to legal actions for negligence against professional advisers. Accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors can now be sued about disputed events which happened many years ago. All the […]

Croydon: a case in point

In 1993 the London Borough of Croydon began to explore moving legal services to the private sector, encouraged by leading members of the Conservative council. According to council lawyer Miles Smith, some of its internal client business was “withering”. One example was Croydon College, a long term consumer of its services. Presented with a simple […]

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