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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).


Hammonds secures Eurojust court victory

Hammonds has secured victory for Eurojust, the European body fighting organised crime, in a case brought against it by the Kingdom of Spain. The case clarifies limits to the privileges of European member states before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as well as being unusual in that it was asking for judicial review of […]

Firm profile: Thring Townsend

West Country firm Thring Townsend has had an eventful few years. Since the 2000 merger the firm has moved away from its private client roots and focused on commercial work. In the process, it shut its bulk mortgage and conveyancing arm in July 2003, making 75 redundancies and cutting £2m in turnover. Managing partner : […]

Mayer Brown targets competition with Dentons hire

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is ramping up its London-based EU and competition practice after poaching partner Gillian Sproul from Denton Wilde Sapte. The hire doubles Mayer Brown’s competition group in London, led by former Watson Farley & Williams partner, Frances Murphy. “We are aggressively expanding our group to meet the level of client activity […]

Weil sneaks Sagard work away from CC and Latham

Weil Gotshal & Manges ‘ Paris office has muscled in on longstanding Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins client Sagard Private Equity Partners, landing its first instruction for the Franco-Canadian private equity house. Private equity star David Aknin advised Sagard on the management buyout of French logistics group Compagnie Européenne de Prestations Logistiques for €170m […]

Taylor Wessing hikes French property team

Taylor Wessing hikes French property team” />As first revealed last week on, Michaela Robert will join Taylor Wessing’s French office at the end of March as the firm’s first dedicated Paris real estate partner. Although Taylor Wessing Paris has a highly-rated technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice, it is also developing its other areas […]

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