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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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Driving towards a better workplace

Increasingly sophisticated competitive forces in the global professional services arena, together with indications that the death of the hourly billing arrangement is nigh, are driving a relentless search for improved productivity to maintain and enhance high levels of profitability. Because of this, lawyers are now in the blessed position of being contactable night and day, […]

Authorities test the UK's waterways

Roger Pearson reports on the British Waterways Board’s failed High Court fight against water being discharged into its canal. The High Court has ruled against the British Waterways Board (BWB) in a test case likely to have major implications for water authorities and owners of riparian rights. The case was one which has been watched […]

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Dibb Lupton Alsop advised site owner Chapel Wharf on its involvement in the construction of the Manchester-based Lowry Hotel. The hotel, which is part of Sir Rocco Forte’s RF Hotels Group, will be built at the Chapel Wharf development site. Jarvis Construction (UK) will design and build the hotel. Roy Beckett (pictured), regional managing partner […]

Rights of the many or the power of the few?

As the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law has less than a year to go, Matheu Swallow reports on the impact of the act on the UK’s judges. The quiet life is over for judges. Even before the Pinochet saga focused the media spotlight on Lord Hoffmann because of his […]

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