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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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Princess Diana’s will is to be made public this week and her lawyers are expected to apply to vary it to make it easier for the princes to inherit her estate. It is understood her current will, drafted before her divorce from the Prince of Wales, only allows the princes to inherit the estate when […]

HK man heads west

Mitch Gitin, the head of Baker & McKenzie’s US securities practice in Hong Kong, has been transferred to the firm’s London office to boost its central and east European securities practice. The firm now has a team of five US securities lawyers based in London. Gitin joined the firm in 1992 from US firm Skadden […]

SIF makes massive saving after NHL ruling

Millions of pounds have saved from the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund’s reserves following a House of Lords ruling. Since National Home Loans (NHL) was refused leave to appeal its case against solicitors Giffen Couch & Archer in December, hundreds of similar claims have been settled in favour of the solicitors. NHL had argued that Giffens had […]

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