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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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Fish & Richardson seeks local tie-ups for European and Asian visibility

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IP boutique Wallenstein & Wagner disintegrates

Chicago IP boutique Wallenstein & Wagner is disintegrating, with both specialist and national firms rushing to benefit from the fallout. Wallenstein’s problems are understood to have been sparked by an unconfirmed contract dispute. However, the firm has been struggling for several years, after entering a costly lease agreement three years ago (when the firm had […]

ASB Law raids A&O for new pensions head

South East firm ASB Law has poached pensions specialist Martin McFall from Allen & Overy (A&O) as its new head of pensions. McFall, who joins as a partner, is charged with strengthening ASB’s pensions team. He replaces John Hamilton who left for South East rival Blake Lapthorn Linnell, along with solicitor Rupert Graham-Evans, in June. […]

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