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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: First solicitor to become CPA president

Diana Courtney has become both the first solicitor and the first woman to be appointed president of the City Property Association in its 92-year history. She is a senior property partner at City law firm Denton Hall and a non-executive director of the Bradford and Bingley. The CPA represents property owners and occupiers in the […]

Barrister's honour

John Malpas reports A barrister and former justices’ clerk is to be awarded an honorary degree by his home city’s university. Keith Clarke, who ran Southampton Magistrates Court for 18 years, will receive his Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Southampton in July. Clarke was nominated for the award by the court in […]

In brief: Partnership proposal for stipendiaries

Stipendiary magistrates should work in partnership with lay magistrates by having regular meetings with them and moving from courtroom to courtroom, a working party is recommending. The working party was set up by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice following a recommendation by the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice that there should be […]

In brief: Lindsays chair gets top Scots post

The chair of Edinburgh firm Lindsays WS, John Elliot, has been appointed vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland. Elliot joined the society five years ago and was first elected to the council as a representative for the Edinburgh area in 1990. He was elected for a second three-year term in 1993. His appointment will […]

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