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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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University challenger

RETIRED North London local government solicitor Lance Haward, 62, knows no fear – not even when confronted by Jeremy Paxman. His replies came so fast during last week’s episode of University Challenge, that a flabbergasted Paxman tripped over his words, spluttering “Blimey!” Haward says the thrill of quiz shows is “gladiatorial” and has already notched […]

Tardy ambulance crew to face Law Lords

If successful, a case against the London Ambulance Service could pave the way for a flood of litigation, says Roger Pearson THE ACCOUNTABILITY of the ambulance service will be brought into focus in a High Court action scheduled for February. The Court of Appeal has ruled that London Ambulance Service must face a massive damages […]

US has judges of dread

US JUDGES hand down the stiffest sentences, followed by English, Belgian, Scottish and then Slovakian judges, finds a report by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. Danish and Dutch judges give the shortest sentences. The Times

Laptop computers to be allowed in prisons

The Prison Service is changing its policy to allow legal advisers to bring laptop computers when visiting clients in prison. The new practice will have immediate effect and will apply to all but 13 of the country’s 137 prisons. Many lawyers will be relieved that the Prison Service is finally taking account of developing technology, […]

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