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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).


Will merger reforms help or hinder?

The Department of Trade and Industry has proposed plans to reform merger regulation. This week the forum asks how they will change the way competition lawyers work. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is at the centre of a row over its proposed plans to reform merger regulation. The DTI proposes that the decision-making […]


CMS Cameron McKenna’s European strategy has suffered a setback after the withdrawal of Swedish member firm Tisell & Co. Tisell was a founder member of CMS. But it now intends to join the legal and consulting arm of Ernst & Young. The 13-partner firm plans to merge with Ernst &Young’s Swedish legal, tax and consulting […]

Lawyers say mediation is 'weak'

Midlands-based and northern firms are reluctant to point their clients towards mediation, claims a joint report by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and Dibb Lupton Alsop. CEDR’s survey of 1,500 top companies in the Midlands and the North suggests lawyers still see mediation as the “weak” option. The survey has found that 61 per […]

Giving fuel to the Lord Chancellor

I applaud your editorial comment (The Lawyer, 7 June). I cannot comment upon Mr Keating’s qualifications to lead the Law Society, which I have long regarded as being incapable of meeting the needs of the profession. However, I had not realised what an embarrassment to the profession the society had become, when it produces a […]

Square Mile

The Working Time Regulations have again thrown into focus the demands the legal profession imposes on its members. While firms may claim they have a culture that is demanding but informal, recognising that quality of life is an issue for partners and staff – the reality is often different. All firms are in the market […]

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