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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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ALLEN & Overy has poached the head of Boodle Hatfield’s intellectual property department. Stephen Jones, a partner at Boodle Hatfield, joins Allen & Overy next month as a senior associate. Allen & Overy IP partner Catriona Smith says the firm approached Jones for the position which involves co-ordinating IP pharmaceutical matters. He will replace Alan […]

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LEGAL aid lawyers are furious at Lord Mackay’s decision to introduce a two-tier criminal legal aid system while continuing to freeze civil legal aid. Law Society president Charles Elly joins the Legal Aid Practioners’ Group in denouncing the new rates for April which reward franchised over non-franchised firms. They condemn the decision to only increase […]

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THE COURTS must only be used in the last resort if a looming crisis in the judicial system is to be averted, says Lord Alexander of Weedon QC. Speaking at a Council of Legal Education lecture in Gray’s Inn, the chair of NatWest Group and a former Bar Council chairman, said alternative dispute resolution (ADR) […]

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