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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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Canada fears MDP threat

The new president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Andre Gervais, has highlighted the increasing threat his 34,000 members are facing from the creeping presence of big-six accountants in the Canadian legal market. Gervais, who made his inaugural speech at last week’s CBA annual conference, said there was a “growing concern among Canadian lawyers about […]

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One of the partners from Oxford firm Dallas Brett, which announced its dissolution last month, is joining Witney firm BrookStreet Des Roches this week. Property, planning and environment partner Richard Smith will join the firm with his assistant and his clients. He follows two other former Dallas Brett partners to the firm. In May, property […]

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A SECOND front will be opened up against the Government’s legal reform blueprint when it publishes its consultation paper on raising the small claims threshold from £3,000 to £5,000 this week. The Legal Action Group (LAG) has joined housing lawyers in warning that tenants being victimised and exploited by their landlords will lose out under […]

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Roger Pearson looks at how a ruling in a housing case has reversed an earlier decision which left tenants unprotected by law. A Court of Appeal ruling has given tenants who live above business premises good reason to celebrate. The decision in the three-case appeal of Wellcome Trust v Alhammad, Ebied & anor v Hopkins […]

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