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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).


Joint venture CD-ROM for construction

Linda Tsang reports ELECTRONIC publishers Context and Building Law Information Subscriber Service (BLISS) have joined forces to put comprehensive information for the construction industry on CD-ROM. BLISS is the construction law information service which developed as the library catalogue of construction consultants James R Knowles. The joint venture will provide digests of legal cases and […]

Firm shake-up axes top jobs in Bristol

FIVE senior lawyers are among 27 people due to lose their jobs following a streamlining exercise at a Bristol law firm. Three partners, two fee-earners and 22 support staff were made redundant following a management shake-up at JW Ward & Son. Some of the other partners have taken up new roles as consultants and a […]

One step ahead

At first glance the success of English law firms in developing and sustaining markets for their services in international construction may appear as improbable as export successes like the M&S sandwich and Four Weddings and a Funeral. In reality our leading position in this market results from a number of factors. First, as a result […]

Time for the Bar to find middle ground

The Bar’s proposals to smooth the path for solicitors who switch to the Bar are like King Canute’s attempts to stem the tide. Faced with the growing competition of solicitor advocates, what does the Bar Council do? It proposes inviting them to join the Bar. The response – solicitor advocates in general have no interest […]

Solicitor advocates shy from Bar

SOLICITOR advocates say that Bar Council proposals to make it easier for solicitors to join the Bar are overdue but are unlikely to entice them to make the transition. While the Bar may enjoy the benefit of lower overheads, solicitor advocates reject Bar Council claims that they would gain any more “guaranteed independence”. They blame […]

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