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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).



Yorkshire-based divorce lawyer Marilyn Stowe of Grahame Stowe Bateson had fun at the races recently when her firm sponsored the Strensall Stakes at York. The winner was popular cheeky chappie, and accomplished jockey Frankie Dettori. As you can see from the photo, Dettori was delighted at his victory – or is he just laughing uproariously […]

Linklaters still keen on Asia

LINKLATERS still has Asia set firmly in its sights. China has proven to be a lucrative market for Linklaters this summer. The firm recently advised Australia’s Telstra Corporation on its $254m (£135.6m) cash acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in China’s largest real estate and home improvement website, SouFun Holdings. Asia managing partner Simon […]

Mayer Brown nets heavyweight DC trade team

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s Washington DC office has scooped three prized trade partners from Miller & Chevalier, including its head of international trade litigation, Duane Layton. The team is completed by trade partners Sydney Mintzer and Jeffery Lowe. Both Layton and Lowe have valuable experience in the US Department of Commerce. Layton said: “Mayer […]

Hammonds reeling from double exit

Hammonds’ Manchester office has not managed to escape the recent flood of partner losses following the end of the firm’s equity partner lock-in on 31 July. The firm lost its respected regional corporate head Stephen Levy to Pinsent Masons and is set to bid farewell to fixed-share equity construction partner Sean McCay in October as […]

Scran maketh the man

Amid the money, suits and skyscrapers of the London legal world, it’s heartening to meet a man still in touch with his humble roots. And Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is that man. When it comes to a working lunch, there will be no dim sum, sushi or blackened miso cod […]

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