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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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Clifford Chance (CC) is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a management review of profitability. The move, which was announced to the partnership last night, leaves question marks over the destinations of Clifford Chance’s ten partners in the German capital. CC’s Berlin office has been dominated by lower value real estate work, […]

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From 11-13 November, more than 200 delegates, including 120 in-house heads of legal, gathered in Rome for The Lawyer’s fifth annual conference, held this year in association with Lexis Nexis. Here we review five of the fifteen key sessions that took place Corporate governance – a practical case study A senior Schroders lawyer said the […]

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The Australian federal government has launched a tender process for firms interested in providing indigenous legal aid services in Victoria and western Australia. It is the first time that government-funded legal services provided to Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders in Australia have been opened up to private law firms. The tendering process will progressively replace […]

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