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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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Valmai Adams on bullying at work and work-induced stress. Valmai Adams is head of Nabarro Nathanson's employment group.

The problem for employers of protecting employees from workplace bullies has been highlighted by the recent action brought by Anthony Ratcliffe, the deputy head teacher who claimed he was bullied by colleagues to the point of a mental breakdown. Ratcliffe accepted £101,028 in an out-of-court settlement after instituting proceedings in the High Court. The principles […]

Firm faces High Court writ from Swiss client after £2.7m defeat

London firm Swepstone Walsh is to be sued in the High Court in a negligence action where it is alleged the firm was to blame for the failure of a #2.7m claim. A writ has been issued against Swepstone Walsh by the Swiss company Orsank SA and Orsank’s UK representative, Broderick Munro-Wilson – a friend […]

Old conflicts re-surface after Queen's Speech splits profession

The legal profession’s united front in opposing the Government’s legal reforms has broken down on the issue of public defenders. Both the Law Society and Bar Council of England & Wales repeatedly stressed their united opposition to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s legal aid reforms announced a year ago. But in the wake of the […]

Omagh:draconian laws are not the answer

The latest atrocity in Northern Ireland – the Omagh bombing – has justifiably led the Government to recall Parliament to ascertain the appropriate legislative response. Catching the perpetrators of such an outrage and deterring others from committing similar acts is very important at such a delicate stage in Northern Ireland. The government’s reaction is further […]

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