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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: Chancery Lane hit by 'bugs'

Bugs have been blamed by Law Society secretary general John Hayes for delays in the issuing of practising and investment business certificates which should have been sent out in the autumn. A letter from Hayes apologising for the delays appeared in the Law Society Gazette last week. Blaming the problem on bugs in a new […]

Litigation Writs 16/01/96

A doctor convicted of offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs is being sued for unpaid bills by the solicitors who acted for him. Stephen Mitchell & Co, of London SE1, has issued a writ against Dr Ahmed Ismail, of London NW1, claiming counsel’s fees of £5,951 and £7,050, with interest and costs. The […]

Order 17 Litigation/Libel. Damages made good

Lawrence Abramson looks at the recent decision to allow directions on personal injury damages to assist libel juries The awards meted out by libel juries have long been a source of concern for the profession. In the face of ever escalating awards, there is the feeling that the amounts of compensatory and exemplary damages have […]

Lawyers back Labour ruling

TOP employment barrister David Pannick QC has applauded an industrial tribunal ruling against the Labour Party’s women-only shortlists. And Pannick, who originally condemned the party’s policy after its introduction over two years ago, said although opposing opinions were “clearly arguable”, if an appeal were launched, “I would expect the Employment Appeal tribunal to reach the […]

In brief: LCD cash for marriage preparation pilot

The Government is to fund pilot schemes to prepare couples for marriage in an attempt to reduce divorce figures. The Lord Chancellor’s Department has announced that it will pledge hundreds of thousands of pounds to try out schemes, including marriage preparation projects and counselling sessions for couples who are experiencing problems early on in their […]

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