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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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Qualcomm GC quits following £20m patent defeat

The general counsel for the world’s second-largest mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm has quit after losing a massive patent case. Lou Lupin stepped down from his post as general counsel yesterday following a court ruling ordering Qualcomm to pay $39.3m (£19.6m) to smaller rival company Broadcom for violating three Broadcom patents on cell phone technology […]

Cambridge Press pulps books after Kendall win

Cambridge University Press has pulped all unsold copies of its 2006 book Alms for Jihad after Kendall Freeman won a High Court libel action against the publisher. The publisher will also ask 200 libraries to remove the book from their shelves. It is only the fourth time that this method of settlement has been used […]

Bakers gets ahead of itself

Baker & McKenzie‘s global revenue hit $1.829bn (£910m) in the 2007 financial year following a rise of 20 per cent (see story). It’s pretty impressive stuff, particularly as it means the firm has already reached the figure it had targeted for 2008. That’s great news for the firm on the one hand, but on the […]

BLG plugs Asia gap with City partner

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has reacted to the resignation of Singapore head David Johnston with the emergency transfer of London-based aviation partner Mert Hifzi. As yet the firm has not named a successor for Johnston, who has left to head the newly launched Singapore offcie of aviation boutique Gates & Partners. BLG senior partner […]

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