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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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Government's U-turn on part-time workers 'no surprise' say lawyers

EMPLOYMENT lawyers have responded with astonishment to press coverage of the Government’s climb down over the House of Lords judgement on part-time workers rights, saying reports have “made a mountain out of a molehill”. They claim Employment Secretary Michael Portillo’s acceptance of the ruling was “inevitable” and tribunals had already begun adapting the law to […]

London to get extra LPC places

NEARLY 200 extra students will be admitted to the next Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, in London, despite mounting concerns about the glut of students who cannot find jobs. The Law Society has agreed to the expansion because of the huge demand for course places in the capital. But Richard Moorhead, chair […]

In brief: DAC appoints ex-barrister to motor unit

Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed an ex-barrister, Carl Atkinson, to its common law department. Atkinson, who has extensive experience in civil litigation, will specialise in high profile motor claims litigation as part of Davies Arnold Cooper’s motor claims unit.

In brief: Mackay urges speedy violence remedies

At the second reading of the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill last week, the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay said it was essential that domestic violence remedies were obtained swiftly in emergencies. He added that the bill widened the categories of people who could apply for orders and strengthened enforcement powers held by the courts.

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