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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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Law Soc pushes for US access

Law Society president Phillip Sycamore is to meet next month with the judge responsible for admissions to the New York Bar, in a bid to convince him to open the way for English and Welsh solicitors to practise in the state. Following private meetings at the ABA conference, the Law Society has also been invited […]

World Court will be inundated with cases

An international criminal court would be unable to deal with the majority of those responsible for war crimes according to delegates at the 10th annual Society for the Reform of Criminal Law conference. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for the setting up of the international court to combat “crimes against humanity”. But drawing […]

Mirror Group libel action

The Law Lords are considering giving leave for appeal in a libel action against Mirror Group Newspapers. The action was brought by Lorraine Clare following stories, based on allegations by her former husband after she had removed their children to Australia, that she was connected with a drugs gang. Her husband withdrew the allegations, but […]

ABA urges UK to join human rights crusade

Newly-appointed American Bar Association president Jerome Shestack has asked the Law Society and Bar Council to help the ABA form a loose federation of Bars dedicated to fighting international human rights abuses. The move has caused unease among some in the international legal community who fear lawyers are being asked to push US values onto […]

Unease in the CPS

The Government’s move to allow non-lawyers to prosecute uncontested cases in the magistrates courts has rightly received much criticism – particularly for the way the decision was announced (or rather not announced) by the Government. The First Division Association’s CPS section was understandably peeved that it was forced to go on a “paper chase” to […]

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