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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).


Deals Comment

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Travers Smith have taken the lead in a prospective bidding war for bookstore chain Ottakar’s after securing roles advising the management buyout (MBO) team and Phoenix Equity Partners respectively. They won the mandates after the chain’s founders launched a £79m MBO bid late last month through newly-formed company Book […]

Vote confirms desire to split Law Soc

The UK’s lawyers have voted through The Law Society’s proposal to take the resposibilty for regulation away from the Law Society Council. At the society’s annual general meeting (AGM) in July, a motion was brought which “disapproved of the Council’s decisions to hive-off regulation beyond the control of the Council”. The motion was defeated at […]


The value of professional opinion was championed in the Court of Appeal case Burke v GMC

DLA scoops Coudert Frankfurt and Corrs gets Oz team

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has officially joined the pack benefiting from the demise of beleaguered law firm Coudert Brothers, scooping a team of 11 lawyers to launch in Frankfurt. Five partners and six supporting lawyers from Coudert’s Frankfurt office have moved across to open DLA Piper’s local outpost, which will have a corporate, finance […]

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