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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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US blazes discrimination trail

Three recent rulings by the US Supreme Court on discrimination and harassment could point the way forward for the UK. Satvinder Juss urges lawyers to take notice. Satvinder Juss is a barrister and former human rights fellow of Harvard Law School.The US Supreme Court has issued rulings in the most highly charged area of employment […]

The age of dissent

Developments in EC legislation could prompt a raft of age discrimination claims against employers, argues David Craig. David Craig is a barrister at London’s Devereux Chambers. Older staff are being openly discriminated against. Even worse, that discrimination is officially sanctioned. Section 109 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says the right of employees to fight […]

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Michael Caplan, a partner at criminal law specialists Kingsley Napley, who is acting for former Chilean dictator General Pinochet. Corporate Identity, the Manchester-based design company which has scooped the contract to kit out five Eversheds receptionists with a new look. Pictured below left: Alison Britner and Cathy Holland of Eversheds modelling their new uniforms. The […]

In brief: Criminal lawyers blast LAB over broken promise

Criminal law solicitors taking part in the Legal Aid Board (LAB) pilot to test the block contracting of criminal Green Form advice have accused the board of breaking a key promise to give bi-monthly progress reports. The LAB made the promise to participating firms before the pilot started. But the LAB has not yet issued […]

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