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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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Criminal Evidence Bill is breach of natural justice, says pressure group

Opponents of a new Bill allowing courts to stop a defendant cross-examining a witness – regardless of the crime – and to force defence lawyers on defendants say that it breaches natural justice and civil liberties. Widespread publicity surrounded section 33 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill, which allows courts to prevent defendants […]

Firms fly the flag

IN A week that a senior German government minister claimed Britain was obsessed with World War II, UK firms could be forgiven for a little Union Jack sabre rattling. A recent wave of expansion by City firms into Europe was followed up by a government report showing that exports of UK legal services rose by […]

Law Soc official likens Home Office to Hitler

A senior Law Society official has compared government plans to withdraw support from asylum seekers who seek a judicial review with the policies of Adolf Hitler. A draft Home Office manual released last week says that state support, including food and housing, will no longer be provided to asylum seekers who pursue a judicial review […]

Verdict causes stir for broadcasters

A COURT of Appeal decision on 17 December has caused a major stir among broadcasting companies, and is still being analysed by lawyers. Denton Hall’s Simon Levine and Neville Cordell say it has stretched the scope of the 1998 Copyright Designs and Patents Act “fair dealing” defence too far. The decision relates to the Pro […]

Legal Widow

Puzzling letter from the nursery this morning. Apparently the other children are having trouble with Deminimus’ name, and could they call him something easier, like David? Or Derek? I feel the hot breath of the Lord Chancellor on my neck, and feel sure this is just a polite way of getting the assistants off the […]

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