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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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Advice on Asia

Ex-Freshfields Bangkok lawyer David Took has set up an independent consultancy for projects in South East Asia. Took, who qualified in Australia, is still working for Freshfields on privatisation and infrastructure projects. The Australian-qualified lawyer is looking to attract business from law firms and corporate counsel in all types of infrastructure projects.

Devolution opportunity for lawyers

A DEVON firm has introduced uniforms for all female staff apart from legal executives and solicitors. Peter Reade, the managing partner at Kitsons, in Newton Abbot, said the uniforms were introduced for secretaries and support staff because “banks and building societies have found that the public prefer the person from whom they are seeking advice […]

Handling of Irish libel cases comes under fire

News International head of legal Tom Chrone last week lambasted the Irish legal system’s handling of defamation claims, particularly the way in which barristers are used. At a seminar – ‘Defamation Actions in Ireland: Points and Pitfalls’ – organised by Dublin firm McCann Fitzgerald, he criticised the dependency on barristers during settlement talks. In particular […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Barrie Barker

Barrie Barker was born in Liverpool on 13 January 1943. He is a consultant lawyer at Collyer-Bristow. What was your first job? Delivering newspapers. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £1,250 per annum. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Landscape gardener. Which law could you live without? […]

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