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Romania: Cybersecurity – Call for action for major companies in critical sectors

By Daniele Iàcona, Costin Sandu The first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity is expected to be transposed into Romanian law anytime now, bringing into play enhanced system security obligations for major companies in certain sectors, as well as fines of up to 5 % of non-compliant companies’ turnover. Romania is on its way to finalising the second […]

Hungary: HCA publishes digital consumer protection strategy

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently published a strategy paper presenting its views on consumer protection in the digital age. The paper subtly indicates that the HCA will continue to follow the European Commission’s guidance in this regard. The paper highlights the measures which the HCA deems necessary to protect consumers and keep […]

Take nothing for granted – legal privilege and internal investigations

By Nick Williams, Rebecca McNulty The subject of legal professional privilege has been back in the spotlight recently, with the English Court of Appeal decision in SFO v. ENRC substantially reversing the original High Court decision. This stops – at least for now – the erosion of a fundamental legal principle: that a person can seek legal […]

Russia: An important message about geographical indications

By David Aylen, Elizaveta Osipchuk On July 27, 2018, the Russian State Duma passed first reading of a draft bill entitled “On Amendments to Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (on geographical indications)” (the Bill). As a part of the general legislative process, a bill has to undergo three readings at the Russian […]

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County court orders Olswang partner to pay journalist's bill

OLSWANG libel specialist Geraldine Proudler was ordered by a county court to pay a bill for £2,751 to a journalist who had issued a summons seeking payment for work commissioned by the partner. According to Sylvia Jones, former chief crime correspondent of the Daily Mirror, Proudler had commissioned her to carry out research for The […]

In brief: Enter the Chase Corporate Challenge

There is still time for lawyers to enter teams for the 1997 Chase Corporate Challenge, which takes place on 23 June. The charity mini-marathon is sponsored by The Lawyer. Among the firms taking part are S J Berwin, Stephenson Harwood and Freshfields. So far no chambers have entered. For details ring: 0171 282 8037.

Call that democracy?

One need look no further than the saga of the minimum salary rule for evidence of how out of touch Chancery Lane is with the profession. With the intention of listening, the Law Society invited the profession to express its views on the issue. It was well known that the number of responses received was […]

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Bar urged to change its non-practising barrister tag

The Bar Council is being called on to scrap the label “non-practising barrister” and to replace it with the term “barrister without rights of audience”. The proposal is a key aim of the newly-formed Non-Practising Bar Association. Currently, only barristers who are exercising their rights of audience as independent practitioners are allowed to describe themselves […]

Treatment for negligence

There has been a steady rise in the number and value of negligence awards against the medical profession recently. Although not yet reaching the heights of certain libel actions, they are becoming inflated and inconsistent – a situation that could damage healthcare, burden the taxpayer, give false hopes to plaintiffs and snowball as lawyers take […]

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