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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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The independent bar in New Zealand is thriving – proof that chambers there will survive, argues Andrew Ayres. The future of the Bar has never been more uncertain than now. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has promised to make inroads into the Bar’s monopoly on rights of audience in the higher courts, and the joint […]

In brief: Tougher requirements for legal aid franchises

Firms bidding for legal aid franchises will have to meet tough new requirements under plans published last week by the Legal Aid Board. The revised specifications include new standards regarding the supervision of legally aided work and the setting of a minimum number of files that firms have to review at certain intervals. There are […]

In brief: Clarke Willmott acquires property practice

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Rural areas left out in the cold by new fixed fee proposals

Philip Dry says that in an over-zealous attempt to obtain value for money, the Government has disregarded the issue of access to justice. People would be well advised not to commit a crime on the Hebridean island of North Uist – which, of course, would always be the best advice. If they did, however, they […]

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