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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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THE legal profession has welcomed Lord Woolf’s plans to introduce a revolutionary three-track system for dealing with civil disputes saying it could, for the first time, swing the pendulum in favour of litigants. But the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) says the changes suggested in the report must not be allowed to “significantly shift […]

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Local authorities throughout the country had been awaiting the outcome of a judicial review which ended in the Queen’s Bench Division recently. The battle was between a group of street traders who squared up to Liverpool City Council over proposals to reform the city’s street trading scene. It ended in victory for the traders. Keith […]

In brief: Report demands end to unfair sentencing

A report has called for the introduction of a sentencing council as a way of cutting out inconsistent and excessive jail terms. The document published by the Penal Affairs Consortium this week backs the group’s ongoing campaign for such a council. It says most people in jail have received sentences for non-violent offences and there […]

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Taking the fight down to the English, is how one Scottish solicitor describes the growth and development of work for some commercial firms in Scotland. More specifically the growth has been reflected in Glasgow-based firm McGrigor Donald’s emergence as Scotland’s largest firm, overtaking Edinburgh-based firm Dundas & Wilson. McGrigors managing partner Niall Scott says this […]

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