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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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I am responding to an article by Philip Kabraji and Andrew Cottle of Grant Thornton entitled ‘Best Prepared will win a claim’ (The Lawyer, 29 April). While it correctly refers to the importance of ensuring that claims are substantiated with documentation and that data collection is properly planned, it is over-simplistic in a number of […]

Alcoholic lawyers book a passage to dry dock

Barry Pritchard became a solicitor in 1960 but he cannot remember exactly when it was he became an alcoholic. Pritchard can, however, clearly recall when he stopped drinking and started his recovery – 4 July 1984. US Independence Day. For the past 13 years Pritchard has been dealing with his own problem and helping hundreds […]

Initiatives for a female future

Increasing the number of women reaching and staying at partner level is on the agenda . Although the new Parliament has an unprecedented number of female members, including several from the legal profession, the recent announcement of this year’s crop of partners shows that the legal profession still seems to be lagging behind in the […]

Face up to the facts

It is a pity Miss Bawdon in her letter (The Lawyer, 6 May) does not take the trouble to check her facts before rushing into print. Miss Bawdon should not believe all she reads because journalists, whether freelance or otherwise, tend to look for salacious gossip and where it does not exist seem happy to […]

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Industrial tribunals. Employment law isn't working

The exclusion of industrial tribunals from Lord Woolf’s reforms will restrict access to justice, believes Margaret McCabe. Industrial tribunals are not included in the wide-ranging reforms of civil justice proposed by Lord Woolf. At the Women Lawyers conference last month Lord Woolf frankly admitted that industrial tribunals were never part of his brief. This exclusion […]

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