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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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I refer to the article in The Lawyer (15 November) regarding the refusal of the (English) Law Society to permit Scottish lawyers to use their firms’ names when practising south of the border, despite the Law Society of Scotland permitting English firms to do just that when setting up branch offices in Scotland. I am […]

Sayer takes over from Griggs at Ince & Co

NICHE shipping and insurance firm Ince & Co is to get a new senior partner. Richard Sayer is to take over at the head of the firm from Patrick Griggs at the end of next year. Griggs remains at the firm as a consultant and will stay a major player in the maritime law arena. […]

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I write with reference to the letter from Miss Castle “Training cap is needed” in your edition of 14 February. The powers of the Law Society under the Solicitors Act relate to qualifications to be obtained by individuals. They are about standards to be achieved, not numbers who achieve those standards. If we were to […]

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The Young Solicitors’ Group is hoping to raise u25,000 in a charity quiz night in support of Shelter. The event, held during Shelter Week from 20 to 24 February, is the first charity programme organised by the 40,000-member group. YSG national committee member and Rawlins Davy partner, Paul Verlander, says the group aims to run […]

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