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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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Cambridge-based Hewitson Becke + Shaw has hired intellectual property (IP) partner Mark Elmslie from Minter Ellison in Australia. Elmslie spent 12 years in London, including three years as a partner with Finers Stephens Innocent, before returning to his native Australia in 2000 to become special counsel to the IP group of Minter Ellison. “Clients are […]

Freshfields drafts new Bahrain legislation after CC conflicted out

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed by the Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA) to draw up new legislation after Clifford Chance was conflicted out because it is drawing up regulations governing the new Dubai International Financial Centre. The appointment came from Freshfields’ relationship with the Bahrain government. The firm will assist in drafting an expanded supervisory […]

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The EU is considering a range of requests from foreign governments to liberalise the access to its legal professions under commitments it will make in a future World Trade Organization (WTO) deal, following the ongoing so-called Doha Development Round. WTO member countries have asked the EU to negotiate away restrictions on foreign legal specialists providing […]

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