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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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Lawyer 2B hosts second careers fair

The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B is this week hosting a careers event for promising A-level students attending state sixth form colleges who are ­interested in training as solicitors and barristers. The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B is this week hosting a careers event for promising A-level students attending state sixth form colleges who are […]

Herbies picks up Bank of Scotland loan facility work

Herbert Smith advised Bank of Scotland on a $300m (£206.13m) loan facility to oil and gas exploration and production company Dana Petroleum. The company will use the money to purchase Toronto Stock Exchange-listed oil and gas exploration and ­production company Bow Valley, which focuses mainly on the UK North Sea. Herbert Smith banking partner Jason […]

Revealed: Pinsents and McGrigors to vote on merger

Clydes, BLG, Beachcroft, DAC: so last year, darling. This year it’s all about mergers between corporate and infrastructure shops. Check out the talks between Pinsent Masons and McGrigors, exclusively revealed on The Lawyer today. If the partners vote in favour of the deal this weekend, then it creates a £300m-odd firm, taking it in revenue […]

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