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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).


Public support for fee to stop weak legal aid cases

THE GOVERNMent is tampering with a fundamental human right for the sake of a “piddling” sum of money, according to public opinion research on legal aid conducted by the Law Society. But there was widespread agreement that people should have to pay a fee to stop them bringing weak cases, although £10 to £20 was […]

Amhursts transfers its Italian interests

Amhurst Brown Colombotti has transferred its Italian law department to an Italian firm following the retirement of its Italian law specialist. Studio Legale Sutti of Milan has taken over the department formerly led by Salvatore San Marco, who was with the firm for 25 years. Amhursts senior partner Carlo Colombotti said an Italian firm would […]

Judicial review/police bill. Police Bill bugs lawyers and journalists

The Police Bill is currently before Parliament. Part III proposes to empower chief officers of police and customs to authorise entry to or interfere with property or wireless telegraphy for the purpose of preventing or detecting “serious crime”. We were asked by civil liberties watchdog Liberty to advise it on the legal and constitutional implications […]

In brief: Labour MP opens Hartlepool law centre

Peter Mandelson MP was on hand to open Hartlepool firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s new legal advice centre. He is pictured above, left, with Tilly’s partner John Tilly. Members of the public can drop into the centre for advice on any legal matters.

Bristol court gives top marks to tele-hearing

Solicitors involved in Bristol’s first court-based tele-hearing have welcomed the new development as “an excellent idea”. The tele-hearing, a pre-trial review of a commercial case, was the first to be heard at Bristol’s Mercantile Court. It was suggested by Judge Raymond Jack QC, who presided over it at the end of November. The hearing was […]

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