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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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United Nations Special Rapporteur and former Malaysian Bar council chairman, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, is facing defamation and slander writs for RM120m (about £30m) over a magazine article questioning the independence of the Malaysian judiciary. The move has been condemned by the International Bar Association, which argues that Cumaraswamy is immune from legal action because his […]

Second Essex Court review

One Essex Court has produced the second edition of its in-house Law Review. The 57-page publication is aimed at commercial solicitors and includes 11 articles written by members of chambers. Chambers clerk Paul Shrubsall said its aim was to facilitate communication with the chambers’ clients. The review is also running a competition based on a […]

Awarding time for women

As the ABA prepares to honour its female lawyers, Alison Laferla looks into the vexed question of women-only awards One of the best attended events at this year’s American Bar Association conference is likely to be the Margaret Brent women lawyers of achievement awards. The awards, which are named after the first woman lawyer in […]

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Lawrence Graham acted for the South Oxfordshire Housing Association in the £68.3m transfer of 5,000 council houses from South Oxford District Council, which was advised by Irwin Mitchell. The Bradford & Bingley Building Society, which lent the housing association a total of £100m, was advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co.

MP calls for law centres network

A PARLIAMENTARY early day motion has been tabled by Labour MP Martin Linton calling for the government to set up a national network of law centres. The tabling of the motion coincides with a meeting organised by the Law Centres Federation, being held at the House of Commons this Wednesday, to discuss plans for such […]

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