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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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Andersens calls back Hong Kong head and tightens grip on Garretts

Justin Ede, the managing partner of Arthur Andersen’s affiliated Hong Kong law firm Ede Charlton & Co, has been recalled to London. It has also emerged that property specialist Nigel Bacon, who was recruited from the Hong Kong office of Herbert Smith in April last year, has already left to take up a non-legal role […]

In brief: Hardwicks gains partner and IBLC status

Hardwick Sallards has recruited Michael Pearson as a partner from Druces & Attlee and Andy Macrow as a senior manager from Crump & Co. Pearson was the link for Druces & Attlee’s membership of the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) and Hardwicks is to replace the firm as the London representative of the consortium.

Engineer to plot Bar course

Kamlesh Bahl is stepping down as chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to concentrate more fully on her new role as deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Bahl, who will leave the EOC on 30 November, polled over 12,000 votes – the most of all the six candidates for office – beating David Keating […]

Pension problems under scrutiny

Christopher Fitton and Andrew Long on the latest pensions mis-selling review. Christopher Fitton is a solicitor and Andrew Long a partner at Pinsent Curtis. On 13 August the financial services regulators launched Phase II of the Review of Past Pension Business. This low-key, eight-line press release attracted little coverage, but its implications will be massive. […]

Stephenson Harwood to expand Madrid venture

Stephenson Harwood has recruited a senior assistant from Garrigues Andersen and plans to take on three more lawyers later this year to expand its eight-lawyer Madrid office. Commercial property specialist Fernando Rodr’guez Mar’n will join as a partner to head the firm’s property practice. Kenneth Bonavia, managing partner of the office, said that he planned […]

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