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Latest Briefings

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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Norton Rose gets new heads for Paris and Moscow offices

Norton Rose is shaking up its international offices by replacing the managing partners at its Moscow and Paris operations. Valentina Glukhovskaya, a corporate finance partner specialising in construction and real estate, will take over the Moscow post on 1 May from Simon Renton, who has led the office for the last four-and-a-half years. Corporate partner […]

Property

Lee Crowder acted for Bombardier Transportation on its £30m acquisition and development of a 200,000sq ft depot at Barton Under Needwood, Staffordshire. The deal includes the storage and maintenance of Virgin Rail Group’s new CrossCountry fleet which is being manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. Lee Crowder property partner Joel Kordan acted with a 16-lawyer team on […]

Hill Dickinson in merger talks with Weightmans

Rival firms Weightmans and Hill Dickinson are in the process of merger talks in an attempt to create a north-west insurance giant. Negotiations are at a preliminary stage but a merger between the two firms would create a 396-strong fee earner practice. Weightmans partner and member of the policy group Michael Radcliffe says: “Weightmans is […]

Case of the week

Solicitor’s wife and Welsh nursery owner Margaret Price is expected to face a four-week court trial in connection with child cruelty allegations. A former assistant at Price’s Playtime Nursery in Brecon told Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court of how children under four years old, who were sent to the punishment playpen known as the lobster pot, […]

Born to be a barrister

Lord Brennan talks to Matheu Swallow about being back in full-time practice and experiencing his reforms first hand. Lord Brennan is already halfway out of the door as he draws the interview abruptly to a close. “I’ve got to go, it’s two o’clock. Otherwise I’ll be shot,” he says. Brennan is in a mad dash […]

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