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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).


Irwin Mitchell adds to employment capability

Irwin Mitchell has added a consultant to its expanding Midlands employment team. Sue Massey joins from Black Country firm Manby & Steward, where she was head of employment. Massey’s hire brings the number of employment lawyers across Irwin Mitchell’s offices to 14, including five partners. Fergal Dowling, Birmingham employment head, called Massey’s arrival a “strategic […]

Careers:In brief

The Professional Services Marketing Group has ratified a decision to launch a major research study on measuring the effectiveness of business development (BD). Co-chair Chris Hinze said the board was in “universal agreement” on designing a study for professional services firms to measure the return on investment in BD. Mark King, co-chair and marketing director […]

Mind the two-year gap

The Jubilee Line fraud case fiasco has left jurors affronted and taxpayers £60m out of pocket. Jon Robins reports on the latest nail in the coffin for trial by jury In the normal course of events, jurors are not allowed to speak out. But it has been hard to shut up the 12 angry men […]

Camerons hires five in Russian PPP/PFI push

CMS Cameron McKenna is gearing up to exploit Russia’s nascent PPP/PFI market with the hire of five lawyers to its Moscow office. The firm has swooped on Coudert Brothers, securing five lawyers. Projects specialist Kirill Ratnikov joins as a ‘local’, or salaried, partner and will lead the firm’s push into Russian infrastructure projects, alongside fellow […]

Addleshaws bolsters partnership by 10

Addleshaw Goddard has invited 10 lawyers to join the partnership with effect from 1 May. The new partners are Michael Harris, Roger Hart and Nancy Kelsall, Michael Green, Jade Murray, Jo Ratcliffe, Martin O’Shea, Phillip Slater, Emmett Peters and David Prais. This year’s round of partner promotions follows a significant number of lateral hires by […]

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