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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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Dark day for solar farm

The High Court has allowed a judicial review claim to quash a planning permission for a solar farm in Wiltshire, despite it being already operational. Dove J granted the claim on the basis that there had been a number of legal errors concerning, in particular, the failure to assess properly the impact of the development […]

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“High-minded tosh”: Sumption lambasts establishment claims for Magna Carta

Supreme Court justice Lord Sumption has criticised “the distortion of history” over Magna Carta in a speech to mark the document’s 800th anniversary, saying claims over its significance are being made to “serve an essentially modern political agenda”. In a speech at the British Library yesterday (9 March 2015), Sumption said views of Magna Carta […]

Walker Morris appointed to major Manchester residential development

A detailed concept development is under way for two sites in Ancoats and New Islington, which will complement existing community facilities and transport investment. A local community engagement event was held on 5 March to share initial plans to sympathetically develop Murrays’ Mill, one of the oldest surviving steam powered cotton mills, into high quality […]

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