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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).


Richard Parsons

Sony turns to Wiggin for hire of legal affairs chief

Sony Picture Television (SPT) has hired Wiggin consultant Richard Parsons as senior vice-president for corporate business and legal affairs. In his new role Parsons, a former legal director of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group and BBC Worldwide (28 January 2011), is expected primarily to manage acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships for Sony’s international production arm. […]

Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge announces retirement

The Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge has announced that he will retire in September next year. In a statement issued today Lord Judge said he had written to the Lord Chancellor, justice secretary Chris Grayling, to inform him of his decision. The process to appoint his successor as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales […]

Onwards and upwards

Herbies says merger is a boost for litigation, contrary to market murmurings Herbert Smith’s announcements that it was to merge with Australia’s Freehills and launch a litigation base in New York came in quick succession. One theory among market-watchers was that these two events represented a compromise: Herbies’ litigators would vote in favour of the […]


Willans defeats Bristows in YouView trademark case

Willans Solicitors has won a trademark case against Bristows that could force new television platform YouView to rebrand. The Cheltenham-based firm’s dispute resolution partner Paul Gordon was instructed for Total, a Gloucestershire based telecommunications company. It had registered the trade mark Your View in November 2009 as the trading name of its online customer portal […]


Quartet of firms advises as Mittal acquires parts of Lafarge and Anglo American

Eversheds, Freeth Cartwright, Linklaters and Mayer Brown have all won roles advising as cement maker Lafarge and mining company Anglo American agree to sell various parts of their construction materials operations to Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. The sale, understood to be worth up to £272m, will see the two companies sell their UK building […]

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