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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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Birmingham jobs safe

* Birmingham City Council confirms that its lawyers are not affected by the redundancy programme involving nearly 600 staff. The authority is being forced to shed jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

White males still head profession

THE LATEST breakdown of the judiciary based on sex and ethnic background confirms the continued dominance of the white male. According to the Lord Chancellor’s Department there are just six women High Court judges out of a total of 93 on 1 March this year. Out of the 453 circuit judges, 27 are female and […]

Barrister faces ethics complaint

John Malpas reports A JOURNALIST who conducted his own defence against a libel action has accused the barrister and solicitors who acted for the plaintiffs of unethical conduct. Peter Cotterell has filed formal complaints to both the Bar Council and the Solicitors Complaints Bureau after the action against him was discontinued shortly before it was […]

Planning expert's dual role

The head of planning and environment at a Staffordshire solicitors’ firm has taken up two influential positions in the world of local government law. Stewart Titchener has been elected legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and admitted to the Law Society’s planning panel. Titchener heads the planning and environment unit at Knight & […]

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