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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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Keystone system wins DJ Freeman's backing

CITY firm DJ Freeman has become the first practice in the UK to “go live” with the Keystone practice management system that Ashurst Morris Crisp scrapped two months ago at an estimated cost of £1m. DJ Freeman successfully completed its £1m, 18-month project to implement Keystone Systems’ practice management system on 1 July – curbing […]

Does anyone care who runs the Law Society?

With apathy once again winning the elections, Shaun Pye wonders whether this is the start of yet another year of talk and no action Congratulations. By reading even this far you have identified yourself as one of a select, and dwindling, band of lawyers who give a jot about who runs the Law Society. For […]

Renovating the law

The existing housing laws have been described as uncertain and unsatisfactory, but the implementation of new legislation has been hampered by political issues, says Mike Yuille A roof over one’s head may seem to be a citizen’s inalienable right. But in both landlord and tenant law, and the related housing law field, there are still […]

Ambassador lands advisory role at Akin Gump

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired US ambassador to Belgium, Alan Blinken, as a part-time senior adviser in its Washington DC office. Blinken, who retires in August and was once managing director of investment bank Wertheim Schroder & Co, is a supporter of the Democratic party. He had little experience of […]

Linklaters agrees to Euro-giant

Linklaters’ partnership has voted “yes” to its merger with four of the firms in the Alliance of European Lawyers – to create the largest federation of lawyers in the BAD Sources say a new French firm will be brought into the alliance to replace Jeantet – likely to be respected Paris practice Rambaud Martel. And […]

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