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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).


Hewlett-Packard appoints new compliance officer

Embattled US company Hewlett-Packard (HP) has moved to fill the vacancy left by its ousted chief ethics and compliance officer, whose employment was terminated due to the ongoing identity fraud scandal at the company. Jon Hoak will take over the position, succeeding Kevin Hunsaker. Hunsaker became embroiled in the alleged identity fraud scandal as he […]

Jump suit

Tulkinghorn was going to be a fighter pilot… that is if it wasn’t for his paralysing fear of heights. But solace was found in the form of Herbert Smith real estate stalwart James Barnes, who confided that he too shared the fear. But Barnes, unlike Tulkinghorn, isn’t one to let his fear get in the […]

Clifford Chance heads stand uncontested

Clifford Chance is set to confirm Mark Campbell and David Dunnigan for another four years as heads of banking and capital markets respectively. Partners were informed on Thursday ( 12 October) that after the close of the nominations, no candidates had come forward to stand against the incumbents. There is now a vote to confirm […]

CC swoops on A&O for London finance star

Clifford Chance has poached Allen & Overy financial services regulatory partner Simon Gleeson, its first banking lateral hire in London in six years. Gleeson is to join as partner in the firm’s financial institutions regulatory practice after eight years at Allen & Overy. Clifford Chance global head of banking Mark Campbell told The Lawyer: “Our […]

Camerons leads record Romanian deal

CMS Cameron McKenna and Romanian firm Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Peterson (NNDKP) netted lead roles on Romania’s largest acquisition to date, worth €3.75bn (£2.6bn), which completed today. Camerons’ regional head of corporate Helen Rodwell led advice for longstanding client Erste Bank on its acquisition of 61.89 per cent of shares in Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR). […]

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