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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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Helen Sage reports Free computer software will be up for grabs at this year’s Information Systems for Lawyers conference on 27 and 28 February at the London Marriott. Novell Computer Systems will be giving away two sets of Novell Groupware Solution (licensed for 5 users) worth £3,000 each. The solution consists of email, data gathering, […]

Bar in Euro investigation

THE EUROPEAN Commission is investigating charges of restrictive practices at the Bar. The commission confirmed on Friday that Karel Van Miert, the commissioner for competition, had written to the Bar Council asking for details of its code of conduct. But it would not give any details of the allegations levelled against the Bar nor would […]

Young gun to take helm at Lambeth's legal dept

A ‘HIGH FLYER’ in his thirties has landed the newly-created, £74,000 a year, borough solicitor’s job at Lambeth Council. Gerard Curran, 36, will leave Waltham Forest District Council to join Lambeth’s new team of executive directors. Curran’s role will be to steer the council’s legal affairs as well as inject strategic management skills into the […]

City firm challenges Canada hearing for negligence claim

Lawyers defending Clifford Chance against the £610 million action by four Canadian banks in the wake of the Canary Wharf collapse will argue in an Ontario hearing that the action should be fought in the UK. The firm, which denies any liability, has not ruled out a counter claim against Canadian Davies Ward & Beck, […]

In brief: Conference to debate women's rights

Womens’ rights around the world will be the subject of a British Council/Warwick University conference on 26-28 February in Stratford-upon-Avon. A follow up to the Bejing Declaration on Women’s Rights, the conference will take further the debate that the law and legal strategies can play a part in promoting womens’ rights and inclusion within society. […]

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