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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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Durham follows Kent Council’s legal services plan

Durham County Council is considering selling legal services to external clients, joining the growing ­number of local authorities moving into ;competition ;with ­private practice law firms. The council is merging with seven district councils in the region to create the Durham Unitary Authority in April next year. The council’s legal chief, Linda Walker, has put […]

Redeployments, job shares, secondments spare 26 jobs

Blake Lapthorn, Clarke Willmott and Cobbetts have reduced the number of staff they are making redundant by a total of 26 through a combination of redeployments and client secondments. South East firm Blake Lapthorn launched a consultation with 43 members of staff in October, but has reduced the final number of redundancies by 10 after […]

In-house review of the year 2008: In good company

When it comes to keeping a lid on fees, in-house legal chiefs have been looking to drive a hard bargain during 2008. The past 12 months have been something of a rollercoaster for in-house lawyers. Those embedded in corporations and regulatory bodies may operate in ­varied industries, each with their own culture, but as 2008 […]

Web review of the year 2008: Write to reply

TheLawyer.com allows The Lawyer team to publish news as it breaks, but also enables you, the reader, to have your say. As well as a steady stream of comment from readers, many of the year’s top stories developed into full-blown debates. Here are just a few of the highlights The Mumbai terror publicity row This […]

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Beresfords to launch ‘legal supermarket’

Staff at Doncaster-based Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday, is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. Staff at Doncaster-based firm Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday (see story), is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. The ‘supermarket’ comprises a web portal called mysolicitor.com, […]

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