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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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Q: When is a partner not really a partner?

The increasing trend of the “local partner’ is shrouded in secrecy, creating scepticism among the profession and its clients, writes Linda Tsang Once again, the proud announcements from City firms gush forth. Several firms are making up more partners and more partners overseas than ever before. But for some firms, foreign partner appointments are not […]

Top QCs make crime pay

Solicitors look for different qualities in the silks they instruct, but there is no shortage of candidates, writes Matheu Swallow The criteria for assessing what makes a good silk is extremely difficult to pin down. One practitioner said the “first test was whether they are winners”, while another described it as “the ability to turn […]

NZ property lawyers follow Scottish lead

Solicitors in New Zealand will lose their hold on conveyancing work if a Bill to break down the barriers between conveyancing and estate agencies passes through parliament. To give solicitors an advantage in the ensuing struggle, Ian Haynes, president of the New Zealand Law Society, last week met with advocates of the Glasgow and Edinburgh […]

Supermarket site scuffle

Mr Justice Jowitt has given leave for Carter Commercial Developments to seek review of the Secretary of State for the Environment’s decision not to call in for his determination an application by Safeway to Teesdale District Council for consent to build a supermarket. Carters are to build a supermarket nearby and argue that Safeway’s site […]

Drug-driving holds heavy risks

Roger Pearson looks at the implications of the most recent drug-driving ruling and the problems of ensuring that justice is carried out The risks faced by drink-drivers are well understood, but a recent High Court decision has revealed that drivers who smoke cannabis are running far greater and less known risks than those who drink. […]

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