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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: issues facing lawyers and clients today

Have there been any major changes or developments in your jurisdiction over the past 12–18 months? How have these impacted your practice? In August 2016, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) issued the Insurance Manager Code of Conduct requiring insurance managers to follow a set of procedures when carrying out their functions. In September 2017, the […]

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A survey of in-house legal officers for multi-billion dollar US companies has revealed a 20 per cent increase in average pay for 1996, a rate which outstrips increases for any other group of executives in this sector and pushes their earnings through the one million dollar mark. The report, published by consultants Pearl Meyer & […]

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Hong Kong lawyers are in confusion over the future of scale fees after a pre-handover legislative council meeting described as “a shambles”. Lawyers downed tools for three days of celebrations to mark the handover of the colony to China, but there is widespread unease about the legal profession’s future. The scale fees system generates a […]

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Phillip Sycamore’s Law Society presidential campaign shot itself in the foot last week following leaked minutes of a meeting of his supporters. WITH friends like Simon Baker, it seems, who needs enemies. Baker, a Law Society council member and chair of its education and training committee, has been nursing a long-cherished ambition to silence his […]

New rules will not alter PFI liability

Chris Fogarty reports Council officers could still be financially liable for commercial ventures that fail, despite legislation which aims to clarify Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals, Nabarro Nathanson partner and local government expert Ray Ambrose has warned. Recently, the courts have found several council officers personally liable for their part in PFI ventures that had […]

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