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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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Thomas Eggar set for revenue hike

South East firm Thomas Eggar is on target for a 22 per cent increase in turnover this year as it posts bumper half-year figures. Six-month fee income is up 17 per cent on the same period last year and the firm aims to finish the year with a turnover of close to £34m, up from […]

A&O suffers further loss as finance star joins Skadden

Skadden” />Allen & Overy (A&O) has suffered its seventh partner resignation this year as finance partner Clive Wells quits for Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (2 December), Wells handed in his notice on 1 December. He had been at the magic circle firm for three years, having joined A&O […]

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