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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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European Court. Court in a political conundrum

The recent decision by the High Court in the Perkins case on homosexuals in the armed forces (13 March) provoked some indignant responses. Why should the European Court of Justice rule on such a case and what has this to do with the free movement of goods, services, labour and capital? The European Court of […]

Cases pending in the QBD

Cases now pending in the Queens Bench Division jury list include: Gladding v Channel 4 TV Corporation & anor (not before 4 July); Howell v Birmingham Post and Mail & anor (not before 4 July); McPhelemy v Times Newspapers (not before 7 July); Royal Bank of Scotland v Amin & anor (not before 21 July); […]

Property

Boodle Hatfield acted for ELP Properties on its £62m purchase of 40 mainly office and retail properties from General Accident. Rowe & Maw advised General Accident. Six other English law firms were involved.

LeBoeufs' global market presence attracts Goddards' corporate and securities partner

Theodore Goddard corporate and securities law partner Charles Ashton has moved to the London office of the US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Ashton, who had been working at Theodore Goddard for 11 years, is one of the latest of a string of UK lawyers to be headhunted by US practices in London. LeBouefs […]

Booth to act in EOC case

Cherie Booth QC will this week argue before the European Court of Justice that a lesbian rail employee was discriminated against when her partner was refused a concessionary travel pass. Booth, instructed by Sheridans, will argue that South West trains breached EU law in refusing employee Lisa Grant the pass. If she had been living […]

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