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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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Bar takes foreigners in profile-raising bid

THE English Bar is to appoint up to six foreign lawyers every year as “honorary members of the Bar” in a bid to boost its profile and clients abroad. The Bar Council’s international relations committee proposed the idea to the Bar Council on 13 July and it was unanimously approved. The selection from the ranks […]

Murder of human rights lawyer leads to calls for inquiry

Tony Girling, the Law Society’s new president, and Ross Harper, the president of the International Bar Association, have written to the Indian prime minister calling for an inquiry into the death of Indian lawyer Jalil Andrabi. The move, which came at the prompting of Indian lawyers, came after the body of Andrabi, who was challenging […]

Legal Centre for Children gets Lottery cash

Children will have better access to legal services following a successful bid for National Lottery funds by the Legal Centre for Children. Over the next three years, £98,000 will be donated to the Legal Centre for Children, the only provider of free legal advice on children’s rights in England and Wales. The money will be […]

Directory on Web

The US Martindale-Hubbell Law Firm Directory has gone on the Internet with a World Wide Web site. The directory is already on CD-Rom and on-line via Lexis-Nexis. The site has links to individual US law firms’ sites, where regularly updated biographies of attorneys are held. Its address is http://www.martindale.com

Legal aid reform overshadows first multi-party action victory

Lawyers who successfully represented human growth hormone victims have paid tribute to the Legal Aid Board for funding the action – but they say the Government’s reform plans could jeopardise future multi-party actions. The case, conducted by David Body, of Irwin Mitchell, and Peter Llewelyn, of the Smith Llewelyn Partnership in Swansea, was the first […]

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