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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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Tyco to split global legal function three ways

Tyco is overhauling its legal function and embarking on a massive recruitment drive to build three new legal departments to align with the three new companies it is set to convert into next year. Tyco’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) general counsel Trevor Faure is simultaneously kicking off a rationalisation of the 250 external […]

Firm profile: Putsmans

Birmingham-based firm Putsmans has been in an expansionary mood during the past two years, bringing in several new recruits from big Midlands firms. Managing partner: Julia HoldenChairman: Terry LipscombeTurnover: £10.5mTotal number of partners: 27 Total number of staff: 53Main practice areas: Commercial property, business services, insolvency, employment, litigation, corporate, insuranceKey clients: Getty Images, Capgemini, Siemens […]

International report: Procopé & Hornborg

Procopé & Hornborg, one of Finland’s oldest firms, has just hired its first UK-qualified partner. In fact, not only is Andrew Cotton Procopé’s first UK-qualified solicitor, he is the only one currently practising in Finland. Managing partner: Ismo HentulaTurnover: €4m (£2.8m)Total number of lawyers: 20Total number of partners: SixMain practice areas: Corporate, commercialKey clients: Bauhaus, […]

James Chapman splits to join Halliwells, Brabners

Halliwells and Manchester’s James Chapman & Co are to merge, but the latter firm’s headline-grabbing commercial team, including senior partner Maurice Watkins, has split to join Brabners Chaffe Street. Both mergers will take effect from 1 May following negotiations lasting just six weeks. James Chapman will add £10m to Halliwells’ bottom line, swelling its revenue […]

All roads lead to London

Another week, another takeover for Halliwells. This time the North West’s most muscular outfit has done a deal in its own back yard in Manchester, with the absorption of insurance boutique James Chapman. Last November, Halliwells managing partner Ian Austin told The Lawyer that he was aiming to hit £70m revenues in 2007. Chapmans’ £10m-odd-turnover […]

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