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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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Tories under fire over divorce plans

THE GOVERNMENT has moved to quell fears among family lawyers over the availability of legal aid for parting couples under the divorce White Paper reforms. Alastair Burt, Social Security Minister, gave reassurances after the document came under fire during the Law Society fringe meeting at the Tory conference in Blackpool last week. He said legal […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Claire Shaw

Claire Shaw is an assistant solicitor with Burton Copeland. She was born in Stockport, Cheshire, in 1965 and now lives in London. What was your first job? Silver service waitress complete with red crimplene waistcoat. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £10,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a […]

Partner agrees not to poach former clients

A LEGAL dispute between a pensions partner and her former firm was settled as it reached court last week when she gave an undertaking not to poach clients. National firm Hammonds Suddard took action against former partner Anne Taylor after she joined the pensions department of Manchester firm Halliwell Landau. Taylor, who worked in Hammonds’ […]

A spirit of fair play

Richard Bagley (‘What’s in Mears’ title?’ The Lawyer 10 October), in calling for a five-year executive presidency for the Law Society, misses the essential point that the post is (and indeed Mr Mears was) democratically elected. The secretary general carries out policy, the president is crucial to its formulation. The two roles are quite distinct. […]

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