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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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Norwel gets City work

Helen Sage reports Norwel gets City work Norwel Computer Services has won a major contract from City law firm Berwin Leighton which has just completed an extensive IT review. The order is for the Norwel practice management system which includes computer aided billing, client marketing and Norwel’s fee earner desktop product incorporating on-line time recording […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 08/08/95

Nature of litter; proving litter offences Westminster City Council v Riding (1995). (DEC (Stuart-Smith LJ and Butterfield J) 19/7/95). Summary: When prosecuting for litter offences it is necessary for the prosecution to prove when the litter was deposited and that this was within the time limit for prosecutions to be brought. Council appeal against the […]

Merger gives birth to Westminster firm

THE merger between London firms Radcliffes & Co and Crossman Block was confirmed last week with the launch of new practice Radcliffes Crossman Block. Lyddon Simon and Robert Vallings, formerly Radcliffes’ senior and managing partner respectively, take the same positions in the enlarged firm. The operation will boast 38 partners and 200 members of staff, […]

Firm tackles cosmetics giants

THE BEAUTY products of big-name companies have come under scrutiny from a Liverpool law firm as it attempts to reveal the extent of severe skin reactions suffered by cosmetics users. The Ross Park Partnership has called for victims of allergic reactions and other adverse effects caused by cosmetics to come forward and assist in its […]

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