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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).


Reeds Solicitors takes Norwich Union to court

Reeds Solicitors, a Sussex-based personal injury (PI) firm, is suing Norwich Union for an alleged breach of contract. The firm launched its claim after Norwich Union closed its subsidiary Hill House Hammond (HHH) to new business. Reeds claims that it had committed to an exclusivity agreement with HHH subsidiary BTE Lawline, whereby the firm would […]


The insurance industry has been hit hard in the aftermath of 11 September, the Asian tsunami and US class actions, giving Converium’s legal team some tough challenges. By Joanne Harris It has been an interesting year for insurers and reinsurers across the world. First came hurricanes sweeping the Caribbean and Florida, leaving a swathe of […]

Olswang team rivals patent specialists after new hires

Olswang team rivals patent specialists after new hires” />Olswang has ramped up its unique in-house patent filing and prosecution practice with the hire of three patent attorneys and a trademarks partner, to go head-to-head with the UK’s specialist patent attorneys. The firm has hired Brian Williamson, head of international patents at technology group NCR, as […]

Clifford Chance associate wins fight against dismissal

The Clifford Chance associate fighting the firm’s decision to dismiss him has had his position upheld by the French Ministry for Employment. As reported by The Lawyer (10 January), Paris associate Avi Bitton found himself in court after Clifford Chance challenged his position as a trade union representative. The firm said that Bitton’s appointment to […]

Hammonds Birmingham corporate chief Somers quits for BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is hiring Hammonds’ respected Birmingham head of corporate, Patrick Somers, to join its London corporate team. Somers, who resigned from Hammonds in January, wasone of the two equity partners at Hammonds not to sign up to a lock-in. He is currently concluding several transactions before making the move to the City, […]

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