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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: Green form pilot scheme

THE article in The Lawyer, 2 September, on the Legal Aid Board’s green form pilot scheme reported that the deadline had been extended for “applications in the wake of a poor turnout for the scheme”. In fact the Legal Aid Board concluded the application stage last year. It is now in the process of signing […]

HK judges named

Two English judges, Lord Hoffmann and Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, featured in a list of 33 judicial appointments announced by the Hong Kong government last week. Lord Hoffman and Lord Nicholls were appointed as non-permanent judges of the Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Their appointment follows an agreement in September by the Lord Chancellor, […]

In brief: OSS to probe lawyer's 'silly cow' comment

Arnold Rosen, a London solicitor who allegedly told a client that a clerk at a Weston-super-Mare Magistrates’ Court was a “silly cow”, is being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors after he was reported by a policeman who overheard his comment.

Racial attacks by tenants put Lancaster Council in the dock

Bibi Berki reports If local authorities can be held responsible in the civil courts for the wrong-doing of its tenants, can that blame be extended to cover criminal acts as well? Lancaster City Council is being sued for negligence by two of its tenants for allegedly failing to prevent a string of racially-motivated attacks against […]

Andrew Clay on making taking trade secrets a criminal offence. Andrew Clay is a partner at Hammond Suddards in Leeds.

The Law Commission’s recently published proposals to make the taking of trade secrets a criminal offence deserves a warm welcome. At present, taking trade secrets is not a criminal offence because mere information, however sensitive, can not constitute property for the purposes of s.1(1) of the Theft Act 1968. This frequently leads to the ludicrous […]

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