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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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From Tiger Tim to Tree-hugger Tony

The day after Tim Henman crashed out in the first round at Queen’s, his family firm was busy having a clear out of its own. Perhaps daddy Anthony Henman was trying to bury the bad news of his son’s sad exit when he sent out the press release proclaiming the firm’s fantastic green efforts. Henmans […]

Barristers sue over luxury horsebox

A group of sports and equine law barristers who argue that their horsebox is too heavy to carry horses have taken their dispute to the High Court. Casalier, the management company of barristers at Casalier Chambers, is suing manufacturers Equicruiser UK and finance company Lombard North Central plc. The barristers, who specialise in sports and […]

Hammonds lays down gauntlet to ex-partners

After several months of threats, Hammonds finally filed its claim against a bunch of former partners who have failed to repay a share of the firm’s profit previously distributed to them. See story. Hammonds has been rattling its sabre for some time, but the former partners will not back down. They’re ready to fight their […]

No 5 appoints new family head

Lorna Meyer QC has returned to No 5 Chambers’ Birmingham office to head the family law group, having first been a member of the group almost 20 years ago. •Lorna Meyer QC has returned to No 5 Chambers’ Birmingham office to head the family law group, having first been a member of the group almost […]

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