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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).


Midlands universities prepare to launch first joint legal panel

A consortium of ­universities in the Midlands is set to appoint its first shared panel of external legal ­advisers. Led by the University of Wolverhampton, the group includes Aston, Coventry, Worcester and Harper Adams universities. Karl Eagles, procurement manager at Wolverhampton, said the joint framework, which is worth £4m-£5m, would be a first for the region […]


Behind the times

In media law the complaint is that current libel regulations are out of touch with the internet age. The same problem has struck the retail sector, with big brands complaining that online auction websites are flouting trademark rights by helping their users trade in counterfeit goods. eBay, the king of auction sites, has been subjected […]

A&O: ‘We were not acting for Gordon Brown’

Allen & Overy (A&O) has issued a denial that it has ever worked for Gordon Brown or held personal files containing information on the former Prime Minister, following the latest development in the phone hacking saga. Allen & Overy (A&O) has issued a denial that it has ever worked for Gordon Brown or held personal […]

David Kerr

Turnover up at 2Birds as PEP remains flat

Bird & Bird grew total revenue by 6 per cent during 2010-11 to £214.6m from £201.8m while average profit per equity partner (PEP) remained virtually flat at £467,000. Net profit stood at £38.3m while the firm’s merit-based equity stretched from £292,000 to £778,000. The total number of partners grew from 214 to 226. David Kerr, […]


Freshfields launches probe into business support team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched an internal investigation into one of its business support functions. The move follows irregularities in relation to supplier agreements entered into by the magic circle firm. A small number of people, who are helping with the investigation have been asked not to turn up for work. In a statement, a […]

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