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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).


Thorn in my side

Andy Blake argues that first impressions are deceiving when it comes to Opra’s ruling in the Thorn pensions case The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) recently ruled in a preliminary hearing that the £100m Thorn occupational pension scheme surplus be shared between the employer (now owned by Japanese heavyweight Nomura) and the scheme’s 30,000 pensioners.Much […]

Osborne Clarke recruits from Altheimer

Osborne Clarke has hired a corporate banking partner from Altheimer & Gray, just three months after losing one of its own partners to the US firm Corporate banking partner Brian Rutherford has swapped firms with former Osborne Clarke intellectual property partner Della Burnside, who went to Altheimer in the spring (The Lawyer, 25 March).Rutherford joins […]

Getting the message across

You don’t need to be a pensions expert to have got wind of the fact that UK pension provision, in line with most of Europe, is in something of a pickle The gap between the quality of life that people now expect to enjoy in retirement and the reality of what most current pensions will […]

Legal Widow

The barbecue season is upon us, and the Lawyer has been afflicted by feelings of deep inadequacy following his head of department’s summer garden party.At the very centre of the patio was the boss’s new six-jet gas barbecue monster, which makes a noise like Concorde revving up and has the same effect on sausages that […]

SJ Berwin and Dundas picked as fund advisers

SJ Berwin and Dundas & Wilson are set to benefit from a new £350m fund created by investment house Matrix Securities and Bank of Scotland to target higher-yielding properties The fund is designed to capitalise on the current hunger among private buyers for top-quality property investments.Matrix director Rob Randall said that the new fund would […]

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