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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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In brief: New code of practice for Scottish lawyers

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Taking a direct approach to PI cases

Claims Direct has come under fire from the Law Society for existing. Peter Carlile defends his firm’s record and outlines its plans for expansion. Peter Carlile is the commercial director of Claims Direct. Of the 2.2 million people who suffer in non-fault accidents each year, only 14 per cent make a personal injury claim. This […]

Time for rethink on hours

In reality, last week’s introduction of the EU Working Time Directive will probably have little impact on improving working conditions for most lawyers. After all, when a client calls, there is little scope for working out personal time sheets. The job has to be done, and that is all there is to it. However, as […]

Is this the court of tomorrow?

Bill Cannings gives a guided tour of information technology that could dispose of paper bundles in the courtroom. Bill Cannings is managing director at Valid Information Systems. A casual observer arriving at court two of Southwark Crown Court building would be forgiven for thinking that they had stepped into a Nasa control centre. The judge’s […]

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