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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).

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Lee Greenbury: Provalis

Sarbanes-Oxley is forcing pharma company Provalis to delist from Nasdaq just as its US business starts to take off. As Husnara Begum finds, the move is keeping its sole lawyer busy Medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals group Provalis is planning to terminate its American depositary receipt (ADR) programme and delist from Nasdaq. The moves will allow the company […]

DWS partnership faces “holistic” examination

Many explanations have been mooted for the partner haemorrhage at Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). One factor common to the defections of the high-billing media/IP team was dissatisfaction with the merit-orientated remuneration system. The firm is now embarking on a wholesale review of the system, albeit as part of what managing partner Howard Morris calls a […]

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 […]

DLA Piper HK hires Perkins Coie and Freshfields duo

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has boosted its Hong Kong office with the hire of two new partners. The former joint head of Perkins Coie’s technology, media and telecoms practice Gigi Cheah joined DLA’s Hong Kong office last week. Cheah, who was promoted to partner in 2002, also specialises in antitrust and consumer protection law. Prior to […]

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