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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).


Stringer Saul takes on health sciences consultant

Stringer Saul has appointed Paul Ranson (right) as a consultant, to assist in its health sciences group. Ranson was previously the head of healthcare at Simmons & Simmons and specialises in commercial, regulatory and liability aspects of the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors with a focus on outsourcing and EU and national legislative compliance. He […]

Greenwoods boosts PI with Barlows and Taylor Joynson raids

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Taylor Joynson Garrett have been plundered by insurance defendant litigation firm Greenwoods.Both firms have lost senior practitioners to the City upstart as Greenwoods boosts its personal injury practice. Malcolm Henke and Stephen Howcroft have left Barlows, while Graham Briggs and Tim Wain have defected from Taylor Joynson.Managing clerk Henke, who […]


New York's leading law firms enjoy IPO revival

New York’s elite law firms are riding a wave of initial public offering (IPO) optimism. After months of ominous quiet on the IPO front, firms are beginning to see renewed interest in equity capital markets. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Shearman & Sterling and Cravath Swain & Moore have […]

Arguably stern

Head of chambers at Cloisters Laura Cox QC may have a fearsome reputation, but the only people she argues with these days are her children I had been warned that Laura Cox QC could be quite stern, so I braced myself to be torn limb from limb for my idiotic questions. After all, the indications […]

39 Essex St lures five barristers from Eldon

Leading common and public law set 39 Essex Street has swooped on Eldon Chambers. Five barristers led by highly-rated senior junior John Pugh-Smith – almost a fifth of the set’s tenants – will decamp from Eldon to create a 12-strong environment and planning group at 39 Essex Street in the largest single influx of practitioners […]

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