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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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Wilde Sapte's Hong Kong practice faces collapse

Wilde Sapte’s Hong Kong office is collapsing following the departure of two partners and the bulk of its fee-earners. US firm Brown & Wood has poached the head of Wilde Sapte’s international banking and finance practice Balbir Bindra along with three associates and one consultant. Equity partner Bindra, who established the banking and finance group […]

Flotation

Olswang acted for Greg Middleton & Co, the sponsor and broker on the flotation of LA Fitness on the London Stock Exchange. The Olswang team was led by corporate partner Simon Morgan, assisted by tax partner Mark Joscelyne and property partner Doreen Harris. Berwin Leighton acted for LA Fitness and certain selling shareholders with corporate […]

Clarke Willmott poaches partner

Leading south-west firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has poached a property partner from rival firm Battens. Nick Francombe will join the Taunton office of the Bristol-based 43-partner firm, sparking a decision by Battens to close its office in the Somerset capital. Fellow Battens partners Nigel Gosden and Russell Pearce have also decided to leave the […]

It's been a good week for…

Conspiracy theorists, after a jury ruled that the murder of Martin Luther King (above) was not the work of a lone assassin. The finding came at the end of a trial brought by the King family who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Loyd Jowers. Jowers claims that he handled money paid to a man […]

Decision causes airline turbulence

After a recent High Court decision airlines face paying back millions to travel agents. Roger Pearson reports on the case. Airlines are bracing themselves for a complex payback to travel agents following a recent High Court decision. The three airlines involved in the test case of the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) & ors […]

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