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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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EOC calls for clarity

The Equal Opportunities Commission has called for urgent clarification of the relationship between EU law and domestic law in relation to discrimination cases. Speaking at a recent employment law conference organised by Birmingham firm Pinsent Curtis, EOC legal adviser Alan Lakin said it was vital to clarify issues of retrospection and time limits for cases. […]

Barrister fights Cook Report Allegations

A Birmingham barrister is fighting allegations that his advice to a client contravened the Bar’s Code of Conduct, after he was featured in a Cook Report investigation. Last Tuesday’s edition of the television programme showed Balbir Singh, of Rowchester Chambers, telling a client to ‘bump off” a troublesome relative, establish alibis and dispose of evidence […]

West lawyer plans appeal

The solicitor of convicted murderer Rosemary West says he is appealing against the conviction and has “sympathetic” support outside his defence team. Leo Goatley, the Gloucester sole practitioner who has represented West since 1992, is looking at an appeal on grounds relating to disclosure, the judge’s summing up and “selective” evidence. He says the defence […]

Strathclyde LLM goes into orbit

Linda Tsang reports Strathclyde University Law School has launched its LLM in Legal Informatics course into cyberspace. It is believed to be the first course to do this. The university’s postgraduate course in information technology law has switched its method of instruction to electronic distance learning. A database of over 25Mb of electronic teaching materials […]

Pay for your round

A battle between drinks wholesaler Euro Beers and Minerals and Customs and Excise is on its way to the High Court. Euro Beers, of Gillingham, Kent, is fighting for the return of 1,456 cases of whisky, 1,456 cases of vodka, and 2,189 cases of brandy which it claims customs men have unlawfully detained.

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