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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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AmEx on the line over cheque refunds

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Death and affordable taxes

Inheritance tax has spiralled during the past 10 years. But many people are paying too much, reports John Browne Martin Chuzzlewit is on our screens. A serial that is built around inheritance and a will. It has an audience of one million adults watching the television adaptation each week. Of these, 70 per cent do […]

In brief: Pinsents takes on new marketing head

Birmingham-based law firm Pinsent & Co has appointed former Coopers & Lybrand business, planning and development manager Meirion Jones as its new head of marketing. Pinsents senior partner Julian Tonks says: “Law practices are facing similar opportunities to accountancy firms in terms of competitiveness. Meirion’s experience in this field is an important asset to the […]

Development expert for Hammonds

LEEDS-BASED Hammond Suddards has appointed a development specialist from City firm Wilde Sapte to act as director of development. Robert Lee, who has worked as a visiting Professor of Law in Australia, headed research at Wilde Sapte for six years. His new role will unite the practice development and marketing side of Hammonds with professional […]

Dibbs sick of 'Rottweiler' image

DIBB Lupton Broomhead is showing signs of growing weary of its media-inspired reputation as the “Rottweiler” of the legal profession. Managing partner Paul Rhodes says: “The Rottweiler image is totally undeserved. Our assertiveness on behalf of our clients could be, and apparently is, misinterpreted as aggression.” Rhodes, head of a firm described recently in the […]

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