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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 […]

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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‘Disappointed’ Manches sees profit, revenue dip

Manches’ gross revenues and average profit both dropped last year, its 2004 year-end results reveal. But there has been a dramatic increase in the top of equity as the firm’s new merit element to its distribution system kicks in. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 March), turnover dropped only slightly, from £23.8m to £23.5m; but average […]

Jubilee Line fraud: the end of the line for trial by jury?

“We had invited the judge to address case management issues from the outset. If this is going to be used to bash juries it would be a travesty, because there’s nothing wrong with the jury system,” says Brian Spiro, Burton Copeland partner and defence lawyer on the collapsed Jubilee Line fraud trial. Yes, Spiro has […]

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A senior Pinsent Masons banking and finance partner has been charged with murdering his wife. A senior Pinsent Masons banking and finance partner has been charged with murdering his wife. Chris Lumsden was remanded in custody by Trafford Magistrates’ Court last week. He was arrested last week after his wife Alison Lumsden was found dead with stab wounds. […]

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