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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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Morgan Lewis set to pay UK lawyers at US rates

US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius will pay its UK-based lawyers – both partners and associates – at US rates. “The firm is moving in the direction of trying to balance rates between the US and here,” says managing partner of the London office Tom Benz. The Philadelphia-based firm is the latest to bring its […]

Morgan Cole takes on Saga lawyer to boost energy unit

Morgan Cole is taking on a leading in-house energy lawyer to boost its practice. Geoff Hewitt joined Morgan Cole last week in a whirlwind move, say sources in the energy department. Hewitt was formerly director and legal manager at Saga Petroleum UK. His expertise lies in “upstream” energy law – the production end of the […]

Litigator's View

Avon and Somerset Police are heading for a showdown at the High Court with a man who is accusing them of wrongfully taking away the tools of his trade. Leslie Aaronson, also known as Lester Aaronson, according to claim documents issued at the High Court in London, is seeking damages from the police, who he […]

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Speechly Bircham acted for Resolution Property in two lettings at Greater London House. Property partner Mark Smith advised Resolution. Book Club Associates, which has taken a 15-year lease on 55,000 sq ft over three floors, was represented by Michael Kutner, property partner at Edward Lewis, with property solicitor Alisa Lawrence. Kieser Training took a 15-year […]

City firms targeted by J18 protesters

City lawyers are being warned by their firms of security fears in the wake of a mass demonstration planned in the Square Mile on Friday (18 June). Memos have been sent to lawyers calling for extra vigilance. In one anonymous memo leaked to The Lawyer, a City firm warns staff can expect: “Roadways and footpaths […]

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