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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).


Skadden wins injunction for TNK-BP shareholders

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has helped seal victory at the High Court for client Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) in its ­multibillion-dollar dispute with UK oil giant BP. The dispute kicked off earlier this year when BP announced a £10bn share swap with Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft in January, part of a ­lucrative deal that would also have involved a long-term agreement […]

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Ropes edges into City PE space with DLA capture

Ropes & Gray has made a significant move into the London private equity ­sector with the hire of DLA Piper European private equity chief Will Rosen. The US firm is also set to relocate Boston-based ­private equity partner Bill Mone to London, with both partners set to take up their new positions in the City in June. […]

Squammonds advises Deloitte as Oddbins enters administration

Squire Sanders Hammonds has landed a key role advising on the administration of collapsed wine retailer Oddbins. Partner Cathryn Williams is leading the legal advisory work for the company’s joint administrators, Deloitte partners Lee Manning and Matthew Smith. Williams is working alongside partner Dan French, who is working on property elements. The Oddbins chain entered […]

Dechert boosts City litigation team with pair of DLA partners

Dechert is set to boost its London litigation practice with the addition of DLA Piper’s joint global head of litigation Neil Gerrard and EMEA head of corporate crime and investigations Jonathan Pickworth. DLA Piper confirmed the pair had resigned yesterday and were in talks with the firm over a departure date. Gerrard has driven the […]


Jones Day London chief keeps schtum after quitting US firm

Jones Day’s London office head Russell Carmedy is remaining tight-lipped about his next move after resigning from the US firm earlier today. Carmedy and private equity partner Michael Nouril have both resigned from Jones Day’s partnership. Despite sources claiming since this morning that they are about to join the London office of US firm Proskauer […]

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