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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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TUPE — government response to consultation

In early September, the government issued its response to consultation on TUPE. The once-threatened ‘service provision change’ rule has been given a reprieve and will not be abolished. This is welcome news as it avoids a return to the pre-2006 legal uncertainty as to whether or not a service provision change fell within TUPE. The TUPE regulations […]

Certifying a pension scheme for auto-enrolment

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has updated its guidance on certifying money purchase and defined-benefit (DB) schemes for auto-enrolment. Employers preparing for staging should review the clarifications and changes in the new guidance to ensure that they can certify their scheme on the correct basis. Allen & Overy highlights the key changes in […]

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Ted Burke: The winding road from managing partner to GC

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner Ted Burke is planning to stand down in the first quarter of 2014 to take up a general counsel position of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners. Here we look back at his time at the top. 1998 Burke joins Freshfields from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy 20 December […]

Eversheds says shareholder powers over top pay will ease investor discomfort

Philip Davies, a partner specialising in employment law at Eversheds, has said that the recent provisions requiring the annual directors’ remuneration report to include a future remuneration policy report will ease investor discomfort.  Davies added that, while discontent over top pay and bonuses has been growing for some time and investor disquiet has been evident, the reforms are […]

Barristers from No5 Chambers speak at Law Society’s Junior Lawyers 2013 event

Barristers Victoria Hutton and Hashi Mohamed from No5 Chambers recently gave presentations at the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers International Weekend 2013. The events took place on 26–28 September 2013 and gave delegates the opportunity to take part in a series of educational seminars and to network with fellow young lawyers from across Europe and the […]

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