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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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White House adviser joins Ford as counsel and senior vice-president

Ford Motor Company has raided the White House to secure a new general counsel to take over from incumbent Dennis Ross. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (29 March), David Leitch, who served most recently as the deputy assistant to George W Bush and as the White House’s deputy counsel, joined Ford on 1 April as […]

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The insurance industry has been hit hard in the aftermath of 11 September, the Asian tsunami and US class actions, giving Converium’s legal team some tough challenges. By Joanne Harris It has been an interesting year for insurers and reinsurers across the world. First came hurricanes sweeping the Caribbean and Florida, leaving a swathe of […]

Macfarlanes lawyers go back to school in e-mentoring role

Macfarlanes is currently running an e-mentoring scheme with an East London school. Under the scheme, the firm’s lawyers have been paired with pupils facing their GCSEs in an attempt to demystify the City. The lawyers do not appear to be pulling their punches: “If this mentoring is going to give you anything worthwhile, I think […]

Herbert Smith raids bar for second Queen’s Counsel

Herbert Smith has landed a second silk as the City firm forges ahead with plans to launch its own set of chambers. Herbert Smith has landed a second silk as the City firm forges ahead with plans to launch its own set of chambers. It is understood that Herbert Smith has signed up leading commercial silk Ian […]

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