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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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New management for Geordies

Newcastle-based Robert Muckle has appointed a new senior partner and re-elected its managing partner. Hugh Welch, who has previously held both the managing and senior partner roles, takes over as senior partner from commercial partner Ian Gilthorpe, who has returned to a full-time fee-earning role at the end of his three-year term. Managing partner Stephen […]

Ashurst takes role on Congolese oil sell-off

Ashurst has advised on the $155m (£77.83m) purchase of two oil assets in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The firm advised London-based Burren Energy, an existing client, which purchased a 5.5 per cent stake in the M’Boundi oilfield and a 2 per cent interest in the exploration licence for the surrounding Kouilou area. […]

UK firms consider IPOs to retain staff

A growing number of UK law firms are contemplating a listing, according to the corporate finance house behind the 2001 AIM float of patent and trademark practice Murgitroyd & Company. Noble & Co, the advisory and broking arm of investment bank Noble Group, has based its comments on the results of independent research it commissioned […]

Coroner says Freshfields associate death was accidental

The Southwark coroner delivered a verdict of accidental death in the case of Matthew Courtney, the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate who fell to his death at the Tate Modern gallery in February. The coroner said today (15 May) that there was insufficient evidence to rule that Courtney, 27, committed suicide, which was the intimation of […]

Trowers’ Randall in local govt title fight

Malcolm Iley, Trowers & Hamlins‘ so-called Godfather of local government lawyering, has stepped down as the firm’s head of public sector. Although remaining with the team in a fee-earning role, he hands over the reins to stalwart and former deputy Helen Randall, a rising star in the local government firmament and a member of The […]

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