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Parole Board decision quashed on grounds of procedural unfairness

In R(Grinham) v the Parole Board of England & Wales and the Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWHC 2140 (Admin) the High Court quashed a decision of the Parole Board where it found that a prisoner’s oral hearing and a subsequent decision, refusing his release, had been marred by procedural unfairness.

Second package of Covid-19 related state aid measures adopted by the Serbian government

On its session held on 30 July 2020, the Serbian Government adopted the Conclusion no. 05 401-6052 / 2020 (the ”Conclusion” or ”Second Package”), which extends the application of the first package of direct and fiscal benefits to business entities in the private sector, that was introduced in the Decree on Fiscal Benefits and Direct Aid to Companies in the Private Sector and Monetary Aid to Citizens Aimed at Reducing Economic Consequences due to COVID-19 (the “First Package”).

GDPR and the Cayman Data Protection Law for Insurance Managers (and clients)

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, or GDPR, is a set of EU regulations aimed at the protection of personal data and privacy of natural persons (not corporations) based within the EU. The GDPR has extraterritorial effect in that it applies to the processing of personal data of persons who are situated in the EU […]

Merck vs MSD – When is online use considered use in Switzerland?

In its landmark decision of 29 April 2020, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the online use of a trademark or other sign must have a commercial effect in Switzerland for such use to be considered use in Switzerland. A global website targeted at a worldwide audience may have a commercial effect in Switzerland.

Antitrust Review 2021 – Portugal

This article summarises the legislative developments and the main investigations carried out during 2019 by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA).


Euro experts line up for SJ Berwin talks

Controversy surrounding the European Court of Justice’s development of community law will be discussed at an SJ Berwin & Co seminar on Wednesday this week. Ralph Cohen, a partner in the firm’s EU and competition department, said speakers include a judge, barrister and solicitor who had extensive experience of dealing with the European Court of […]

Defining a cattlegate

The legal status of ‘stints’ or ‘cattlegates’ is to be defined by the Law Lords. Judgment is now pending in the case of Bracken Bank Lodge (BBL) v Peart and others. The Lords have been asked to rule on whether conveyance of a ‘stint’ or ‘cattlegate’ can confer a corporeal right to a share in […]

Macfarlanes in corporate recruit drive

Macfarlanes is to expand its corporate finance department, which has handled advisory work for companies such as BET, Cordiant, David Lloyd and Asprey. Corporate finance partner Robert Sutton said the firm is highly selective in its recruitment policy and new people are not taken on “unless we have plenty of work on our books”. “We […]

Conference looks forward to a positive future

The young boy in the red cap who sat patiently beside his mother throughout an afternoon of speeches was blissfully unaware that the future of his generation was being carefully mapped out. Speaker after speaker at the Association of African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers Group fifth annual conference, held in London on 26 October, was […]

Eversheds installs £2m system

National law firm Eversheds has invested over £2 million in what is reported to be the largest practice management system of its kind in the UK. The firm says it is installing a US computer system, Elite, in response to the “growing trend among UK clients to demand detailed, US-style billing and reporting from their […]

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