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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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The National Audit Office last week issued a report calling on the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to remove firms that ignored warnings about overcharging clients. The report into community legal service expenditure found that 35 per cent of civil legal aid firms in England and Wales were overcharging clients by more than 20 per cent. […]

IBA steps in to stop death by stoning in Nigeria

The International Bar Association (IBA) has offered its support to Nigerian lawyer Hawa Ibrahim, who is defending Amina Lawal, the woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery in Katsina The IBA has also written to the Nigerian government calling for it to overturn the sentence, as it contravenes both Nigerian law and international human […]

Corrs plucks McLaughlins partner to head Gold Coast

Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has hired McLaughlins partner Richard Holt to take up the position of managing partner in the firm’s Gold Coast office Holt, a property and commercial practitioner, has previously acted on a number of high-profile property developments in the region, including Hamilton Island, the Paradise Centre in the Gold Coast, and […]

Former TG chief quits for Salans

Theodore Goddard’s former managing partner Peter Cooke and head of employment Jane Bullen are defecting to Salans, one of the troubled firm’s former potential merger partners Cooke led the Theodores negotiations with Salans last year, which eventually collapsed in September. He has worked closely with fellow employment partner Bullen, who took over at the helm […]

Fitzgerald QC wins out over Home Secretary

Doughty Street Chambers human rights barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC has won his second case this year, challenging the Home Secretary. The Lords ruled that the Home Secretary can no longer fix the tariff of a mandatory life sentence for murder. Doughty Street’s Fitzgerald and Phillippa Kaufmann acted for the appellants. The ruling means all tariffs […]

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