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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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In brief: Honorary degree for Lord Hoffmann

An honorary degree of laws has been awarded to Lord Hoffmann of Chedworth, a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He received the award from the University of the West of England in recognition of his contribution to the development of professional legal vocational education. Leonard Hoffmann studied in South Africa, where he was brought up, […]

PI groups arrive at compromise on fees

THE DEADLOCK between the Bar and the Law Society over conditional fee terms of engagement for counsel has been broken following an initiative by two personal injury lawyers groups. The impasse between the two sides of the profession, first revealed by The Lawyer in July, had cast a shadow over the launch of no win […]

Wolf Report. Discovery and witnesses

Lord Woolf is frank about the problems facing the civil justice system – they are problems which a competent solicitor may help his clients to avoid but which nevertheless entrap far too many users of the English courts. The proposals for multi-track cases (over £10,000) might seem to differ little from the way the Commercial […]

Winning the moot points

Imogen Burton, student support officer at the College of Law, points out: “Advocacy and drafting are important skills and when employers may only have two minutes to look at a CV, winning a prize for them may make the difference.” The European Intervarsity Debate provides students with the opportunity to present their arguments before a […]

In brief: Watford firm rehouses property team

Watford firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has opened new offices to house its seven lawyer-strong property department. The firm claims to have one of the largest property departments in the area and outside Central London. The practice covers all aspects of property law relating to commercial property, planning and residential conveyancing. The new offices, which […]

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