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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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LCD blueprint heralds virtual future for law

Virtual court hearings and legal information kiosks in shopping malls are among the advances envisaged by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) in a consultation paper launched last week. The paper, which will form the basis of a 15-year strategy for IT and the courts, goes beyond Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice proposals and embody many […]

Are the provinces on a par?

Andrew Newbury discusses why solicitors are often dissatisfied with regional barristers’ performance. Andrew Newbury is a partner at Pannone & Partners’ family law division in Manchester. It is a common scenario for many solicitors. Time and expense has been invested in preparing for a hearing. You arrive at court with your client, reassuring them of […]

In brief: New managing partner for Blake Lapthorn

Forty-three-partner South East firm Blake Lapthorn has appointed its head of commercial Caroline Williams as managing partner. Williams, who is chairman of the board of governors of Portsmouth University, takes some of the responsibilities from senior partner David Russell, who had combined managing and senior partner roles.

Bromley court faces strike threat

Staff at Bromley County Court are being balloted this week on whether to hold what would be the first ever strike at a county court. The 27 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are being balloted over whether to stage a five-day strike because of staff shortages and low morale. Jean-Paul Aubin-Parvu, […]

Punder Group demise frees the way for A&O

The pan-European Punder Group alliance has collapsed – clearing the way for its 22-lawyer French member firm, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Associes, to merge with Allen & Overy. The Punder Group lost its Belgian and Swiss member firms in July over disagreements about how far and fast they should integrate. Now the remaining German, […]

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