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Guidance on the court’s approach to challenges to planning permissions for quarrying in green belt (Haden v Shropshire Council)

By Nina Pindham Planning analysis: In Haden v Shropshire Council, the High Court rejected a legal challenge to a local planning authority’s (LPA’s) decision to grant planning permission for development of a sand and gravel quarry in the green belt. Nina Pindham, a barrister at No5 Barristers’ Chambers and counsel for the defendant, considers the […]

Amendments to tax laws in the region

Tax laws in Serbia were amended at the end of 2019 and entered into force 2020, with the most significant change affecting the status of entrepreneurs. Significant amendments to tax laws were also made in North Macedonia and Slovenia. Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base […]

Law on strategic investments adopted in North Macedonia

The purpose of the recently adopted Law for Strategic Investments (“Law”) which is in line with the directives of the European Union, is to encourage, attract and create conditions for conducting strategic investments. This Law should encourage economic growth, employment and use of new technologies and innovations, increasing the competitive economic opportunities of North Macedonia, […]

Significant novelties and legal solutions of the new labor law in Montenegro

The new Labour Law of Montenegro (the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette of Montenegro no. 74/2019 on December 30, 2019, and entered into force on January 7, 2020, whereas the Labor Law (“Official Gazette of Montenegro”, nos. 49/08, 59/11, 66/12, 31/2014 and 4/18) ceased to apply. Significant novelties prescribed by the new Law […]

New rules on issue of accompanying notes

By Assel Ilyassova New rules on issue and circulation of accompanying notes in respect of goods were published on 31 December 2019. These rules are effective from 1 January 2020 except for certain provisions which come into effect on 1 April 2020. The accompanying note is recognised as an obligatory document confirming dispatch of the […]

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Lloyd's legal chief retires before review

LLOYD’S of London’s John Mallinson is stepping down as head of the legal department after three years in the post. A major review of the section will now be undertaken by Freshfields partner Josanne Rickard who has been recruited on secondment. Rickard will oversee the newly-created legal services directorate, reporting directly to Lloyd’s chair David […]

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