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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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White collar crime: THE GUINNESS AFFAIR

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The Trusted Advisor, by David H Maister, Charles H Green and Robert M Galford, published by The Free Press (ISBN 074320963X) The authors of this new self-help guide claim that the key to professional success is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of clients. “The creation of trust is what earns the right […]

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White collar crime: Getting in on the act

ON 2 October this year, the European Convention of Human Rights was adopted into UK law as the Human Rights Act 1998. Suddenly, if newspaper hysteria is to be believed, everybody convicted of a crime could now get out of jail by claiming that their human rights have been breached. Railtrack is planning to use […]

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