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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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LLOYD’S of London’s first-ever auction of places on syndicates has proved a major success for the corporation’s lawyers. The auctions resulted in £246 million of syndicate capacity being traded for a total value of £4.2 million. The legal team, led by in-house solicitor Tim Cargill, spent six months building a unique auction mechanism. Cargill was […]

When a planning inspector calls…

To many, the idea of reforming inquiry procedure might provoke the old adage: “Reform? Things are bad enough as they are.” Are planning inquiries so slow and cumbersome that the only answer is to sweep aside the present system? Or could a sensible measure of reform improve matters? The planning and environmental law sub-committee of […]

Return to Bar for firm's employment specialist

DIBB Lupton Broomhead employment barrister Anthony Korn has quit the firm to go back to the Bar. Korn, who leaves at the end of January, joins two-year-old Holborn set Barnards Inn Chambers. He will retain his role as course director of Dibbs’ employment law training arm but will work independently. “I feel that having worked […]

NI Diplocks make way for drugs

CRIMINAL lawyers in Northern Ireland have reported a sharp surge in drug-related work and an equivalent downturn in Diplock court cases as the IRA ceasefire reshapes the pattern of their legal work. Solicitors say drug dealers have moved onto the estates of Belfast as the paramilitaries have discontinued “punishment” of criminals. The number of hearings […]

Court Funding. Is the Government courting disaster?

All is not well in Her Majesty’s magistrates courts. According to a survey by the The Lawyer – the first of its kind – many are strapped for cash and face spiralling spending cuts which may soon damage their judicial service. Overwhelmingly, they have no confidence in the Government on funding matters. The Lawyer surveyed […]

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