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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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GRAHAM Durnford Ford, who stole millions of pounds from the estates of dead clients, is guaranteed a special place in the legal profession’s gallery of rogues. Sadly, lining his own pockets at the expense of clients, colleagues, and ultimately his profession, has further eroded the public’s trust in the high street solicitor. Ford’s unprecedented fleecing […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jon Cooper

Jon Cooper is a barrister at 7 Stone Buildings. Born in Wolverhampton in 1960, he now lives in London. When not being a lawyer, he writes TV scripts. What was your first job? Driver’s mate. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £40 per week as a driver’s mate, having qualified as a […]

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Law firms now manage over £1 billion of funds, according to the Association of Solicitors’ Investment Management (Asim). This represents a 50 per cent boost on last year and would generate on aggregate in the range of 11 million in fees. Setting up an investment department does not come cheap nor is it an easy […]

New Year list brings OBE for Adamson

LAW Society former director of international practice Hamish Adamson was last week described by colleagues as an “inspiration to work for and a pleasure to work with” after he received an OBE. Adamson, who left the Law Society in 1995 after almost 30 years, was named in the New Year’s honours list for services to […]

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