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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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Law Soc's legal aid plan based on case strength

THE LAW Society has come up with a plan for a self-financing legal aid fund which it believes meets the Government’s objections to the Bar Council’s proposals for a Contingency Legal Aid Fund. The proposals are to be unveiled by the Law Society this Tuesday and have already been submitted to the Lord Chancellor, Lord […]

Chambers takes on IR in bid to win tax breaks

A CHAMBERS which has set up its own limited company to run its administration is attempting to convince the Inland Revenue that it is entitled to significant tax breaks. According to 10-11 Gray’s Inn Square, if the chambers wins its argument with tax officials it will reap huge tax rewards as well as serving as […]

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Titmuss Sainer Dechert’s property head Steven Fogel has been chosen as the firm’s new senior partner to replace Michael Smith, who stands down on 1 May next year. Fogel, 47, who is regarded as one of the top 10 property lawyers in the City, is expected to bring a fresh eye to the firm’s organisation. […]

High Court date for Cilla

ITV’s Blind date hostess Cilla Black is heading for a date of her own in the High Court with Granada Television and Channel 4 Television Corporation. She has launched a damages claim against the two accusing them of wrongly rescinding a contract she says she entered into orally with Granada in 1996 and 1997 to […]

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