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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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Head of IBA says sorry to Sri Lanka

International Bar Association president Desmond Fernando PC has apologised to the Sri Lankan judiciary after it objected to his attack on the country’s controversial criminal defamation law. Fernando launched his attack after a newspaper editor was convicted of criminal defamation. But his calls for the law to be abolished were condemned by the Sri Lankan […]

Barristers' clerks and practice managers discuss closer ties

Senior barristers’ clerks and practice managers are in exploratory talks about how to set aside old suspicions and bring their two representative organisations closer together. Senior members of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) and Legal Practice Management Association (LPMA) chair Christine Kings, the practice manager at Doughty Street Chambers, have discussed how the two […]

Litigation Personal Injury 5/8/97

Gibbings v Metropolitan Police – QBD 3 July 1997 Claimant: Frank Gibbings Incident: Hearing loss Injuries: Plaintiff, a former police sergeant, has suffered from tinnitus and hypersensitivity to noise for almost a decade since being medically retired from the Metropolitan Police. During his career he took part in firearms training courses and claims this was […]

Improving the risk

Risk management is just one of the tactics firms could use to reduce excess insurance costs, says Leo Schulz. Leo Schulz is a freelance journalist. Spiralling Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) premiums have helped focus the minds of many lawyers on the pitfalls of professional indemnity insurance (PII). In May, the Law Society Council was asked […]

Hammonds' private client lawyers move to Wrigleys

Hammond Suddards’ five private client fee earners and three support staff are to rejoin their former head Richard Archer at the Leeds office of private client practice Wrigleys. Wrigleys – founded by two Dibb Lupton Broomhead partners a year ago when Dibbs closed down its private client practice – hired Archer, a partner at Hammonds […]

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