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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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Counsellor granted challenge

Former Portsmouth councillor Terence Gregory, who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but who was later cleared of those allegations, has won the right to continue with a legal battle for the right to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation. The Lawyer, 14 July, […]

Men v men in US courts

Satvinder Juss looks at a Supreme Court ruling which provides a precedent for same-sex harassment actions . In a decision with implications for workplace behaviour, the US Supreme Court has decided men or women taunted or abused by members of their own sex can sue for damages. Like the US Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the […]

Flotation

Mark Noble of Eversheds acted for Policy Master on its £21m flotation on the Alternative Investment Market. Fabrizio Carpanini and William Sharpe of Berwin Leighton advised shareholder Gresham Trust and Dibb Lupton Alsop advised sponsor Williams de Broe.

Lawyers at play

Canary Wharf group legal counsel Michael Ashley-Brown can go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds in his 1100cc Club Sport, which he races in his spare time. He is shown with Michael Madden (l) and Martin Wright, both partners at sponsor Ashurst Morris Crisp.

Bar sees standard bearers in two years

The Bar Council could introduce a kite mark for chambers with good practice management systems within the next two years. Dan Brennan QC, vice-chairman of the Bar Council, told the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) conference the quality standard might be introduced in response to the Government’s proposals for legal aid block contracting. He said […]

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