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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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Personal injury (PI) lawyers were left reeling at the beginning of the year when Lord Justice Jackson published his proposals on how the litigation model should be reformed to help stem costs (see story). The only saving grace, they thought, was that it would be at the bottom of the priority list for the coalition […]

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Law firm partner loses retirement age appeal

Firms can legitimately retire partners at 65 as long as the action is justified, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The ruling comes as the Government announced plans to scrap the default retirement  age (DRA) as early as October 2011. Lawyer Leslie Seldon, whose firm Clarkson Wright  & Jakes (CWJ) made him retire when he […]

Hammonds’ former London chief joins Howard Kennedy

West End firm Howard Kennedy has hired the former head of Hammonds’ London office Paul Groobey. He joins as a partner in the firm’s property practice. Groobey was Hammonds’ London head between 2005-06, and was also head of the firm’s built environment group between 2006-07. Groobey, who joined Hammonds from Addleshaw Goddard in 2002, specialises […]

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Charles Russell terminates clin neg

Charles Russell has pulled out of clinical ­negligence work after a series of raids left it bereft of any partners in the ­practice. The firm will also scale down its personal injury (PI) practice, maintaining just one specialist PI lawyer to service its private client base. A firm spokesman ­confirmed: “We’re not going to do clinical negligence anymore.” Penningtons hit the firm for […]

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