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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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Welsh lawyers to spend national day in Brussels

WELSH solicitors will gain an insight into Europe next week when they visit Brussels to celebrate St David’s Day. Thirty lawyers will meet officials from the European Parliament and Commission and will see at first hand how the system works. The event has been staged by the Law Society and the Law Society of Scotland […]

Bexley in care row

Tim Miller Bexley Council is being challenged in the courts after slashing home care hours for a quadraplegic. Carer Pamela Butt has been granted leave to apply for judicial review of the local authority’s decision. It is alleged that Bexley overlooked guidance which forces councils to re-assess a case before care is reduced. The authority […]

Law Soc conference

Tim Miller The Law Society’s local government group is staging its annual weekend school next month. The three-day event, which will cover a number of topics including highway law, joint ventures, tendering and housing, will be held at Warwick University from 23-26 March. Paul Boateng MP will give the keynote speech.

In brief: Solicitors Complaints Bureau seminar

A seminar to discuss the future of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau is being staged at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, at 3pm on 3 March. The event is being organised by Norwich practitioner Nicholas Oglethorpe. Anyone interested in attending should contact Oglethorpe through his firm Clapham Collinge, 35-37 Exchange St, Norwich, NR2 1EN. DX5212 Norwich.

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