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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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Lawrence Graham adds none to partnership

In an unusual move, mid-size City firm Lawrence Graham is making nobody up to partnership this coming financial year. Because of a demographic quirk, Lawrence Graham’s strict rule of considering only seven-year qualified assistants meant that none was in the frame for promotion. Senior partner Bill Richards said: “We had six internal promotions last year, […]

Ex-RHM legal head hires Bates Wells

RHM Foodbrands’ former interim legal head has instructed Bates Wells & Braithwaite to represent him in his legal dispute with the company, It is understood that Kevin Mutch has turned to Bates Wells’ head of employment William Garnet for advice after he claims he, and another lawyer, were made redundant by RHM. RHM declined to […]

The right thing

The heat is on for insurers to discuss policy details upfront and disclose any contingency commissions. Ashley Prebble on the FSA’s response to the Spitzer investigation The complaint against Marsh & McLennan filed by Eliot Spitzer in October last year turned the spotlight on business practices in the insurance industry. It opened the door to […]

Lovells boosts partnership by twelve

Lovells has elected 12 new partners with the bulk of the associates invited to join the partnership based in the firm’s overseas offices.The firm’s London, German and Asia practices produced three partners each. Meanwhile, Lovells’ Chicago, New York and Milan offices have each gained one new partner.The promotions are split fairly evenly between each of […]

Herbies gets £10m for DTI advice

Herbert Smith has racked up almost £10m in fees after advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the launch of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The firm pitched against a number of City rivals to scoop the two-year contract to advise the DTI on issues including the contractual framework needed to be put […]

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