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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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Irwin Mitchell to challenge Irvine on PI discount rate

Irwin Mitchell is looking at the possibility of judicially reviewing the Lord Chancellor for his failure to set a discount rate in personal injury (PI) cases, which solicitors claim is leaving PI victims short of millions of pounds. Essentially, a discount rate is the amount taken off victims’ damages to account for any profit gleaned […]

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E-business to the Power of 12 by Thomas Power, published by Pearson Education (ISBN 0273650211) It is somewhat ironic that Pearson and its flagship site FT.com have just begun the long and painful process of retrenching. After Pearson’s last set of results, the company announced it was halving its internet investment, and more recently FT.com […]

Bryan Cave takes on Sinclair Roche partner

US firm Bryan Cave is taking on the head of commercial litigation from Sinclair Roche & Temperley to launch its UK contentious law practice. Rod Cowper has been a partner at Sinclair Roche for a decade. He led the non-shipping commercial litigation and corporate recovery practice at the City firm. He is the third UK […]

Simmons boosts Barclays link with ShopSmart acquisition

Simmons & Simmons is advising IndigoSquare, the joint venture between Barclays and Nomura International, on its acquisition of ShopSmart.com. IndigoSquare is an online shopping portal; the ShopSmart website allows customers to compare prices of products and services that are available on the internet. IndigoSquare has already received agreement to accept the offer from the ShopSmart […]

Canadian Bar Association puts restrictions on MDPs

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has done a u-turn on its policy on multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). Instead of accepting them wholeheartedly, it will accept them only if lawyers are in control. The move brings the CBA in line with the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), the controlling body for Toronto and thus nearly half […]

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