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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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Norton Rose reneges on partner payments

Cashflow problems hit partners by up to £100K each; firm rejects bank loan Norton Rose has run into a cashflow crisis and has failed to pay its equity partners their full profit share for the financial year ending April 2001. It is understood that partners are owed up to £100,000 each.Partner drawings have continued to […]

DLA's hiring spree continues with major Hammonds coup

DLA has taken on the London head of intellectual property (IP) from rival firm Hammonds Jeremy Dickerson will join the technology, media and communications (TMC) group at DLA’s London office on 2 September.Dickerson said he is leaving Hammonds due to concerns that the firm’s focus on corporate finance will eventually sideline IP. “Hammonds is now […]

Livingstone withdraws challenge to Tube PPP

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has dropped his legal challenge to the Government’s public private partnership (PPP) plans for the London Underground Blackstone Chambers’ Lord Lester QC represented Livingstone at the High Court. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 26 July

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