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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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Ex-Lovells partners go independent in Germany

A duo of former Lovells partners have struck out on their own by setting up a firm in Frankfurt. Corporate partners Hanns-Christian Salger and Thomas Forsterling have established the practice, to be known as Salger Rechtsanwalte, that will focus on Mittelstand, i.e. small to medium-sized, clients. While the firm intends to grow to around 10 […]

Steering group to examine ethnic diversity in law

A steering group has been set up to investigate diversity in the legal profession. The group, led by Brenda King, chair of pressure group African & Caribbean Diversity, includes lawyers, recruitment specialists and HR practitioners from UK-based law firms. Key issues include ethnic minority representation in the profession and flexibility in working practices.

All change for Burges Salmon senior partner

Burges Salmon has elected a new senior partner to replace Richard Wynn-Jones whose term expires at the end of April. Commercial property partner Bob Smyth has been appointed to the post in an uncontested election. Wynn-Jones, the firm’s senior partner for the past three years, will return to fee-earning. The new appointment will take effect […]

The Glennie’s dropped

The exits at McGrigors just keep getting worse. Chasing this week’s story about the ‘will he, won’t he?’ negotiations of Robert Glennie, a scribe from The Lawyer was interested to hear word of another high-profile partner with a position to consider. Desperate to confirm the rumours, the chap naturally called everyone he could think of, […]

Par for the course

What a difference a few years make. The College of Law is now offering bespoke courses for three breakaway firms from the City LPC consortium, the remaining five are dealing solely with BPP, while two regional colleges have been dropped from the equation. Jon Robins asks the main players what the changes mean for the future of legal education

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