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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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Global ANZ review extends panel from nine to 32

Baker & McKenzie and DLA ally Philips Fox have scooped places on the global legal panel of Australian banking giant ANZ along with Australia’s big six. ANZ conducted a wholesale review, expanding its roster of external counsel from nine firms to 32. The new panel includes all of the big six Australian firms: Allens Arthur […]

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Dwindling profit has forced Cobbetts to make redundancies. But will it be enough to turn the firm’s ailing fortunes around? This is one Manchester firm which is not a success story. Cobbetts has spent the past 10 years growing – and growing, and growing. Since 1999, turnover has risen by 488 per cent, from £11m […]

Magic circle fails to dent Spanish fliers

London’s magic circle has profited from a buoyant legal market in Spain, but is still a long way from challenging Madrid’s local elite. This year Garrigues strengthened its position as Spain’s largest law firm, growing by 10 per cent to record a revenue of €193m (£133.7m) for the year. Clifford Chance was the UK’s top representative in […]

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