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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).



Berwin Leighton represented four investors on a £200m alliance with BAA’s property arm, BAA Lynton, known as the Airport Hotels Partnership. Berwin Leighton’s clients include Scottish Widows, the Coal Schemes, the Shell Pension Fund and an overseas investor. Corporate finance partner Frances McLeman acted with a team of four on the deal. Field Fisher Waterhouse […]

Russell Jones opens office in Edinburgh

UK firm Russell Jones & Walker has announced that it is to open an office in Edinburgh. The firm plans to offer a full range of legal services, including personal injury, clinical negligence and employment advice. Derek Reekie, partner at Drummond Miller, plans to join Russell Jones & Walker to head the new venture which […]

BBLP steps up alliance plans after partner loss

BBLP is rushing through its plans to complete a full merger of its continental European alliance this year in the face of aggressive expansion from rival firms. The alliance, including Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener, Moquet Borde & Associes, Pavia e Ansaldo and Meyer Lustenberger & Partner, originally planned to consolidate the partnership in 2001. […]

Shaw Pittman poaches IP team from rival firm

Washington DC firm Shaw Pittman has wooed an IP team from Crowell & Moring just a month after announcing a major expansion plan. The rapidly growing high-tech firm is taking three partners and seven other lawyers from its 250-lawyer strong rival. Crowell & Moring’s chair of litigation and head of IP Lawrence Gotts and his […]

Sidley & Austin Hong Kong founder joins Herbert Smith

Sidley & Austin is losing one of the founding partners of its Hong Kong operation to Herbert Smith, just a year after the office was established. Simon Meng, who is qualified in New York and Paris, has joined Herbert Smith’s reg-ional project group as a consultant due to the Hong Kong Law Society’s restriction on […]

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