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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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Halliwells poised to add gardening leave to deed

Halliwell Landau is set to introduce gardening leave for partners in the next financial year At the moment, Halliwells partners do not have to take time out between jobs.The firm said that it has chosen to change the partnership deed for reasons of good practice. Halliwells partners are formally voting on the issue before the […]

Garretts begs the City to take on its trainees

Andersen Legal senior partner Williams in last-ditch scramble to save forty-four jobs Andersen Legal managing partner Tony Williams is understood to be trying to secure places for his London trainees with City firms. It looks unlikely that Garretts will secure a firmwide merger and Williams has moved to safeguard his trainees’ futures.Garretts currently has 44 […]

De Wilde to ease LSC worries for chambers

A working party has been set up to investigate ways of helping small and medium-sized chambers to comply with Bar Council and Government requirements A major part of the inquiry, which is chaired by Robin de Wilde QC, is to address the Legal Services Commission’s plans to introduce a so-called ‘quality mark’ covering the management […]

Deals Summary

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Andrew Shutter, Simon Jay) is advising Kier Group on a credit facility comprising senior, mezzanine and working capital facilities. The deal, which is part of a joint venture with the Bank of Scotland, will be used to finance the acquisition of Laing Property Developments from John Laing. Kier also advised […]

Barlow Lyde promotes four to partnership

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has made up four new partners, bringing the total number of partners in the firm to 77 John Flaherty specialises in shipping; Kathleen Ford is a reinsurance lawyer; Rosemary Norton focuses on commercial and IT law; and Tim Strong is a commercial litigator specialising in IT, banking and project finance.

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