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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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Protected tenancy row goes to Lords

A drawn out legal battle over the tenancy status of market operators at Wallasey Market Hall has now turned into a major test case. The row between operators Graysim Holdings, one of the country’s longest established private market operating companies, and property owners P&O Property Holdings has reached the House of Lords where judgment is […]

JP quits in protest over liability

A JP has resigned in protest amid rows about magistrates liability to pay damages and costs to defendants on appeal. The resignation of Lincolnshire-based JP Joanne Atkinson rocked the Magistrates’ Association annual general meeting. The resignation follows an award by Mr Justice Sedley against Lincoln magistrates – not including Atkinson – several weeks ago and […]

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Criminal law firm Reynolds Dawson is suing Mount Charlotte Investments for damages for building work noise and dust nuisance. Its writ claims that Mount Charlotte started substantial refurbishment works on the upper floors of 34 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London. Reynolds Dawson has offices on the ground floor and claims it has wrongfully had […]

Nick Rose thinks the Trade Marks Act 1994 is unclear. BYLN:

Nick Rose is a partner in the IP/IT department at Field Fisher Waterhouse. The recent decision in the Wagamama v City Centre Restaurants case (unreported) has highlighted the difficulties IP litigators face in predicting how the courts will interpret parts of the Trade Marks Act 1994 which came into force on 1 October 1994. Section […]

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