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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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Michael Howard’s decision in Bulger case held unlawful Rv Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Venables, R v Same, ex parte Thompson (1997) Court: HL (Lords Goff, Browne-Wilkinson, Lloyd, Steyn, Hope) 12 June 199Summary: The Home Secretary’s increase of the minimum period of detention for the child murderers of James Bulger from […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Sally Anne Griffiths

Sally Anne Griffiths was born in Merseyside on 24 November, 1964. She qualified as a solicitor at Clifford Chance in 1991 and moved to Fox Williams, spending five years in the commercial litigation department. In 1996, she rejoined Clifford Chance as an analyst in the Business Development Department. What was your first job? Delivering telephone […]

In brief: Pinsents parades three new partners

Pinsent Curtis has added three new partners – Joanna Higgins (right), Karen Eckstein and Tim Richards – to its national litigation practice. Higgins arrives from Ashurst Morris Crisp as a commercial litigator and dispute resolution specialist. Eckstein has left Nottingham firm Browne Jacobson to work in Pinsent’s tax department as a professional indemnity litigator. Richards […]

European firms use London as a base to service clients from

Unlike a number of the US firms in London that have been on a spending spree and recruited major players from City practices, the European firms which are attracted to London as a base to service their clients from, have been making inroads on a much smaller scale. The type of work offered by overseas […]

The SIF shortfall – Law Soc downfall?

The Law Society has been lurching from crisis to crisis in recent times. The Regis project, communication problems with the profession, the High Street Starter Kit, and squabbling at Chancery Lane have done nothing to instill confidence in the average solicitor that the profession is in safe hands. However, the mother of all crises has […]

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