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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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In brief: PI motorbike specialist joins Manchester firm

Personal injury lawyer Philip Shuker has joined five-partner Manchester firm Cottrill Stone Lawless. Shuker (pictured immediate right with new fellow PI partners Ian Lawless – seated – and Philip Mogg – far right) is a specialist in motorbike accident claims. He set up his own practice in 1994 after leaving Furness Evans Oates.

Second chance for 'guilty' lawyer

A former Wilde Sapte partner escaped being struck off last week despite being found guilty of acting dishonestly by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. Stephen Brower, who now works for London firm Edwin Coe, had transferred £5,000 from a client account at Wilde Sapte to the account holding the estate of his late father. But Brower […]

Casely-Hayford relishes legendary role

Partner Margaret Casely-Hayford at Denton Hall is leading the team advising Bristol developer Legend Court on a #500m technological theme park planned for Magor, near Newport, South Wales. The theme park will be the second largest in Europe, behind Euro Disney, and the largest in the UK. The theme park is to be based on […]

In brief: Southern niche practices seal merger

Two niche practices run by ex-City solicitors have merged. Guildford property firm HD Ferguson & Co, formed by ex-Richards Butler solicitor Hamish Ferguson, has merged with commercial firm Gordons, formed by lawyers from Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie. The new five-partner firm, Gordons, will practise from offices in Holborn and Guildford.

Government to force MDPs on Law Society

The Government will impose multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) on the legal profession if the Law Society refuses to allow them. A senior government source has told The Lawyer that it is preparing to follow up a threat made in opposition three years ago to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission if the […]

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