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Romania: Cybersecurity – Call for action for major companies in critical sectors

By Daniele Iàcona, Costin Sandu The first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity is expected to be transposed into Romanian law anytime now, bringing into play enhanced system security obligations for major companies in certain sectors, as well as fines of up to 5 % of non-compliant companies’ turnover. Romania is on its way to finalising the second […]

Hungary: HCA publishes digital consumer protection strategy

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently published a strategy paper presenting its views on consumer protection in the digital age. The paper subtly indicates that the HCA will continue to follow the European Commission’s guidance in this regard. The paper highlights the measures which the HCA deems necessary to protect consumers and keep […]

Take nothing for granted – legal privilege and internal investigations

By Nick Williams, Rebecca McNulty The subject of legal professional privilege has been back in the spotlight recently, with the English Court of Appeal decision in SFO v. ENRC substantially reversing the original High Court decision. This stops – at least for now – the erosion of a fundamental legal principle: that a person can seek legal […]

Russia: An important message about geographical indications

By David Aylen, Elizaveta Osipchuk On July 27, 2018, the Russian State Duma passed first reading of a draft bill entitled “On Amendments to Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (on geographical indications)” (the Bill). As a part of the general legislative process, a bill has to undergo three readings at the Russian […]

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Spare a thought for Simon Twigden, the Addleshaw Goddard litigation partner at the centre of the dispute with Mr Justice Peter Smith over a £750,000-a-year job at the firm. As you might guess, it’s been a pretty stressful few weeks and now Twigden is finding it hard to get some distance between him and the […]

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This has been the week of standing up for your colleagues. Freshfields stood right by its man Barry O’Brien as he faced the Law Society firing squad; British Airways (BA) backed its trusty adviser Slaughter and May despite the whopping £270m fine that’s soon to be followed by a class action that could cost the […]

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Lawyers and pro-democracy activists have struck a victory for the rule of law in Pakistan after succeeding in having the country’s chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry reinstated. The Supreme Court verdict last month (20 July) ends the four months of conflict in the country since Chaudhry was made ‘non-functional’ by Pakistan’s president, General Pervez Musharraf, on […]

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Offshore firm Ogier has appointed Nick Gamble as partner in its Guernsey office. •Offshore firm Ogier has appointed Nick Gamble as partner in its Guernsey office. Gamble joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a partner in the finance practice. The firm has also promoted Raulin Amy and Dan Richards to its partnership in […]

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