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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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Database via the Net

Home secretary Jack Straw and the president of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, Judge David Pearl, have launched an Internet-based database, The Electronic Immigration Network (EIN). The directory, which is run by an independent board, headed by Immigration Advisory Service director Keith Best, includes all immigration tribunal decisions from September 1997 and a further 300 significant […]

lawyers at play

Recently sculpture fan Kirk Murdoch took time off from managing his firm, McGrigor Donald, to visit Glasgow School of Art’s Degree Show. His firm sponsors the private viewing of the show whose highlights include a sculpture of headless chickens by Kirsty Rae Glen, which Murdoch himself particularly warmed to.

Ex-councillor tackles council

Moves by a former councillor – who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but was later cleared of the allegations – to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation are being considered by the Law Lords. They have adjourned an application by Terence Gregory for […]

Questions to ask when seeking to forge an alliance

Does the alliance satisfy the strategic goals (assuming we have any) of our firm? Would our clients be interested eventually in using the expertise of our alliance partners? (Remember that alliance partners will make their own decisions). Are we willing to invest in developing and using a meaningful common brand name? Are we willing to […]

Hickman clashes with prison officers

Hickman & Rose, which is investigating allegations of brutality at Wormwood Scrubs, has accused officers at the jail of pressing prisoner clients to dump the firm. The accusation follows senior partner Jane Hickman’s arrest on suspicion of supplying drugs while visiting a client at Wandsworth prison earlier this month. It is contained in an open […]

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