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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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Given a seal of approval

There is little dispute that heavyweights at the Bar will continue to be instructed by law firms. QCs such as George Carman, Geoffrey Robertson, Helena Kennedy, Anthony Arlidge, Allan Levy, Michael Mansfield, Robert Reid and Anthony Scrivener will continue to feature in the national and legal press. But the extension of the rights of audience […]

Guide exposes PI 'delay tactics'

INSURANCE companies could be employing delaying tactics in personal injury litigation to put pressure on firms hired on a no win no fee basis to settle early, the Law Society has warned. The society’s Conditional Fees Survival Guide raises the spectre of defendants “spinning out an action” or fighting harder in cases involving conditional fees. […]

On an equal footing

Polygram’s possible action against the Hungarian Government over its decision to overlook the company in a privatisation bid may be perfectly justified in law. After all, competition rules are competition rules and discrimination is discrimination. Countries entering a market economy have to learn to deal with the trappings of such including the rigours of competition. […]

Campaigners want 'fairer' fund to compensate victims

THE GOVERNMENT is to be pressed by magistrates, justices’ clerks and crime victims’ campaigners to make radical changes to the system of awarding compensation through the courts. Representatives of all three groups are to make submissions to a Lord Chancellor’s Department working party asking for a “compensation fund” to be established. Victims of offences would […]

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