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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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Russell Jones opens first job-related illness unit..

Russell Jones & Walker is launching the UK’s first occupational disease unit. Simon Allen, managing partner of Russell Jones’ Sheffield office, says that technology and a changing work environment will make it necessary for personal injury firms to reorganise in this way. But rivals are branding it a publicity stunt to try to drum up […]

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Wilde Sapte partner in charge of training Judith Mayhew says she is pioneering training in basic grammar skills with LPC students at Nottingham Trent University. Mayhew says: “The pendulum has swung from everything being paper-based, and the LPC needs more emphasis on letter-writing, basic grammar and drafting of contracts skills.” Mayhew also wants the LPC […]

Lords to decide dyslexia diagnosis case

Roger Pearson reports on the latest move in a long-running dispute over responsibility for diagnosis of learning difficulties. A 24-year-old dyslexic woman who is suing her former schools over their failure to diagnose her condition is to take her fight on to the House of Lords. Pamela Phelps of Hayes End, West London, was awarded […]

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