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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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Internet is key in the battle for legal access

A new government paper on civil justice reforms challenges philosophy as well as IT methodology, writes Elizabeth Davidson. GEOFF Hoon is the first to admit that the Government’s new 15-year strategy for civil justice is based on ignorance. Not that it is the Government’s fault. Predicting the capabilities of tomorrow’s inventions is difficult without a […]

Next week's news

On Wednesday, the Law Society’s council meets in private to discuss the new presidential team’s plans for reform. On Thursday it will discuss the SIF crisis. Will there be further dithering over a problem which emerged two years ago?

PIA chief seeks to avoid open hearings

The personal Investment Authority ombudsman, Tony Holland, has called for the creation of an “ombudsman review” section within the planned unified “ombudsman’s office” to get around human rights requirements for formal, open hearings. Holland, speaking at the IBA conference, said an internal review section would prevent an expensive and lengthy formal court system taking over […]

Who's watching the cowboys?

I am writing to protest on Marlene Winfield’s behalf at the grossly unsympathetic manner in which her excellent column in The Lawyer (8 September) had been edited. I appreciate that in any publication there are space constraints, (particularly in opinion columns) but why was your sub-editor allowed to cut the part of Ms Winfield’s piece […]

In brief: Dibbs designs SOAP case management system

City firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has developed a case management system designed to make the costs and intricacies of litigation obvious to the client. It is called the SOAP system, which stands for Style of Approach Initiative.

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