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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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Al Fayed to appeal ‘cash for questions’ ruling

Mohamed Al Fayed will appeal a decision of the Court of Appeal, which found that the financial backers of former Tory MP Neil Hamilton were not liable to pay Al Fayed’s costs, despite his victory in the ‘cash for questions’ libel action DJ Freeman chief executive Laurence Harris, who is acting on behalf of Al […]

Lawrence Graham shows increased turnover

Lawrence Graham’s turnover rose £1.2m (2.4 per cent) in 2001/02 to £50.5m, while profits have remained relatively steady at £363,000 per partner Top of equity partners are looking to make £483,000 compared with last year’s £420,000, whereas those at the bottom of the equity scale are facing earnings of £195,000 rather than last year’s £210,000.

A&O and Tugenhat lose out after CFAs are ruled invalid

Allen & Overy and Michael Tugenhat QC denied £200,000 after costs judge finds inaccuracies in CFAs One of the country’s leading defamation barristers Michael Tugenhat QC and a litigation team at Allen & Overy (A&O) have been denied almost £200,000 that was owed to them because of errors in their conditional fee arrangements (CFA).Tugenhat and […]

Ashursts moves in on Railtrack Group after Simmons conflicted

A host of law firms, including Herbert Smith, Ashurst Morris Crisp and Linklaters, are advising on a series of complex transactions with a combined value of more than £1bn to sort out the Railtrack affair. Ashursts partner Chris Ashworth is advising Rail-track Group on the sale of Railtrack plc’s shares to Network Rail for £500m, […]

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