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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).


HIGHLIGHTS: The Lawyer Debate No 5: Direct access to the Bar

As in-house counsel look to cut costs, the lower overheads associated with going straight to a barrister look increasingly attractive. At the fifth in The Lawyer’s debate series last week, a panel chaired by Bar Council chair Peter Lodder QC discussed the major issues of direct access to the bar. As well as cost, the […]

Freshfields hire sees Dewey launch Frankfurt disputes group

Dewey & LeBoeuf is to launch a dispute resolution practice in its Frankfurt office after hiring a counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Tanja Pfitzner is set to join Dewey as a partner at the start of 2012 after nine years at Freshfields in Frankfurt. Dewey partner Benedikt von Schorlemer said dispute resolution is an area […]

Cohabitation and Coalition

One of the few eye-catching pieces of news during the political party conference season was the proposal that the law of marriage be extended to gay and lesbian couples.   We have come so far in social policy terms, since the introduction to Parliament of the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004.  The appetite for civil […]

Ex-Bradford & Bingley legal chief takes on new role at Leeds Building Society

Leeds Building Society has installed Bradford & Bingley’s former legal chief as head of legal services. Paul Jordan, who has 20 years’ experience in retail financial services and was head of legal at Bradford and Bingley for 10 years, takes over from Andrew Greenwood, who was acting as an interim head of legal services in […]

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High Court drives hard bargain in Tesla case against Top Gear

The High Court has ordered a US car manufacturer to amend its case against the BBC in a dispute involving Top Gear or have the claim thrown out. Carter Ruck instructed Ely Place silk William McCormick QC to pursue the case for malicious falsehood against the BBC. The broadcaster directly instructed One Brick Court’s Andrew […]

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