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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).


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BBC Scotland head of legal Alistair Bonnington’s aim is to progress Scottish media law to the full. His achievements so far suggest he’s the right guy for the job. Naomi Rovnick reports

Barlows deals with AbilityOne acquisition

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has won a new client advising AbilityOne, a distributor of rehabilitative and assistive device products, on its $101m (£71m) acquisition of Smith & Nephew’s rehabilitation business.The firm won the work through its referral relationship with Chicago firm Winston & Strawn, which acted on the US aspects of the deal.A Pinsent Curtis […]

Maclays hires partner duo from Dundas & Wilson

Maclay Murray & Spens has recruited two banking partners from Scottish rival Dundas & Wilson Andrew Meakin and Chris Dun have joined Maclays’ banking and finance department, taking it to a total of six partners. The department counts Deutsche Bank, Lloyds TSB and Bank of Ireland among its clients.

Norton Rose chief joins Richards Butler in Greece

Richards Butler has hired the head of Norton Rose’s litigation team in Greece John Reece has joined the office in Piraeus, where he will be managing partner. He specialises in shipping litigation, including casualties, pollution claims, cargo claims, crew disputes and ship sale and purchase arbitration.

Wise counsel

Last Wednesday was the day for all the new Queen’s Counsel to take silk, and what a day it was too. Typically, pandemonium reigned, with clerks rushing around madly, barristers all aflutter, and battles over transport. The sheer weight of numbers forced one set to resort to taxis while another opted for a ‘pimp mobile’ […]

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