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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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Bristol lecturers resign and threaten legal action claim

NINE out of Bristol University’s 10 Legal Practice Course (LPC) lecturers have defected to the University of the West of England (UWE) and threatened their old employers with an unfair dismissal claim. The dramatic move follows months of uncertainty about the future of Bristol University’s 100-place LPC course after the university’s senate voted to close […]

In brief: Baker & McKenzie expands in Taiwan

Baker & McKenzie is opening a second office in Taiwan boosting its operation there to 45 lawyers. The new office will be in Hsin Chu, 90 miles south of Taipei where the firm set up in 1977, and will service the expanding computer industries in Hsin Chu’s Industrial Park – Taiwan’s version of Silicone Valley.

In brief: Fermor sets record at Cripps Harries Hall

Andrew Fermor, aged 48, has become the youngest ever senior partner of Kent and East Sussex firm Cripps Harries Hall. The five-year appointment coincides with the re-appointment of Jonathan Denny as managing partner, a post he has held since 1990.

In brief: Defections continue at Edge & Ellison

Edge & Ellison is losing three more lawyers from its insurance department to Weightmans in Birmingham. They are associates Ben Judge and Helen Tinkler and assistant Caroline Wearn. If held to their full notice, they will join Weightmans in July. They follow head of insurance Robin Humphreys and insurance litigation partner Steven Garrett who both […]

Right to appeal over tenancy

The Law Lords are to look into the circumstances giving rise to creation of secure or assured tenancies, in a challenge to possession moves by a London housing trust. Gary Bruton, who is the temporary occupier of a flat in Lambeth which is pending re-development, claims he is entitled to tenancy rights protecting him from […]

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