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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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Mr Blair's advice was “ill-considered'

Few will disagree with the Prime Minister’s opinion of English football hooligans. Mr Blair’s appeal for employers to sack employees convicted of hooliganism was an understandable – but ill-considered – response, given that such action by employers may give rise to claims of unfair dismissal by employees with two or more years’ continuous employment. Employees […]

Deadlines clarified by court

The last minute acceptance of a payment into court has led to a ruling which spells out deadline requirements, reports Roger Pearson The Recent settlement of an action in which investors alleged an accountancy firm had led them into a disastrous investment foray, in which they became Names at Lloyd’s, has clarified rules on deadlines […]

US makes moves on UK M&A sector

THE boom in transatlantic mergers is reflected in a league table which shows six of the top 20 legal advisers on UK mergers and acquisitions are US firms. The table, covering the first six months of 1998 and compiled by Corporate Money, shows the leading US firm is Shearman & Sterling in ninth position, followed […]

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Simmons & Simmons acted for Despa on its £56m acquisition of The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead from Bourne End Properties, advised by Linklaters and Kanter Jules.

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