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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

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Kings’ chambers contributions cut as turnover soars

Northern set Kings Chambers has reported a turnover increase of 20 per cent while slashing its chambers contributions by 3 per cent between 2003 and 2004. Northern set Kings Chambers has reported a turnover increase of 20 per cent while slashing its chambers contributions by 3 per cent between 2003 and 2004. Kings, which has a financial year-end of 31 […]

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Since the FSA was handed the remit to oversee the insurance sector, a hands-off approach was never really on the cards. Raj Parker and Nathan Willmott report on developments The Financial Services Authority (FSA) hit the ground running when it assumed responsibility for general insurers and insurance intermediaries three months ago, and it is now […]

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