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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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A VISIT by German President Professor Dr Roman Herzog to Gray’s Inn on 29 April was preceded by a flypast from an escaped eagle, symbol of the Federal Republic of Germany. The bird had apparently escaped from its handler during a pop video shoot in nearby King’s Cross the day before and was successfully recaptured […]

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Martin Polden, chair of the Environmental Law Foundation, is a poacher turned game keeper. For many years his legal career involved representing developers who, in his own words, “were wreaking disaster on town centres”. “And then I saw the error of my ways,” he said. “I gave it all up and started to try and […]

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