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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).


Slating the Bar Council

Robin de Wilde QC has been elected to the Bar Council after accusing it of ‘pandering to the Government’. Jon Robins asks: can he repeat the success he had in the 1980s with rebel barrister group the Slate? It doesn’t take much to cause a stir in the rarified atmosphere of the Inns of Court. […]


No addition, amendment or modification of this agreement shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by and on behalf of both parties.”Such words are commonly encountered in the ‘standard template’ clauses of commercial contract precedents. Practitioners might assume that the provision excludes subsequent variations (either orally or by conduct) by the contracting […]

A&O acts for SSSB on Shell deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised European investment bank Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (SSSB) on behalf of Shell Resources in its takeover of Enterprise Oil.The takeover of the leading independent energy company has been a crucial testing ground for the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The new legislation, which was enforced in November 2001, […]

Loyens shores up London with partner relocation

Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff has boosted its London office by relocating a second partner to join the office on a full-time basis Corporate partner Bas Vletter has moved from Rotterdam to run the practice with tax consultant Marc Klerks. The office has 14 other fee-earners. Vletter specialises in structured finance and capital markets work […]

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 […]

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