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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).


For the record

In The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2005, the clients attributed to Trowers & Hamlins were actually Dickinson Dees‘. The Lawyer is happy to correct the mistake.

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 […]

Winston & Strawn faces $40m negligence lawsuit

US firm Winston & Strawn is being sued for nearly $40m (£21.7m) by the city council of a town in New York State for providing bad advice on a trash-hauling deal in the mid-1990s. The Town of North Hempstead claims the firm provided bad advice in relation to a trash-hauling contract it backed out of […]

Nabarros joins online gaming bonanza with Empire Online

Nabarros joins online gaming bonanza with Empire Online” /> Nabarro Nathanson is capitalising on the booming online gaming sector after landing an instruction to advise Empire Online on a potential £800m-plus takeover by Sportingbet. The firm scooped the lucrative mandate after acting for Empire on its AIM debut in June. Empire provides marketing for the […]

Amgen’s adviser panel downsized after review

Amgen’s new European general counsel Robert Sexton has slashed the company’s list of preferred advisers following a widescale Continental review of the biotechnology giant’s law firms. Sexton, who joined Amgen in March this year from the Paris office of Salans, has been examining advisers with the aim of consolidating the company’s 70-strong list of law […]

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