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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).


Police arrest 17 ex-employees of South West firm Robinsons

Seventeen former employees of disbanded West Country law firm Robinsons have been arrested and questioned by the Serious Fraud Office, which is investigating alleged misuse of legal aid funds. The 12 men and five women were arrested over the weekend of 26 and 27 April in a series of raids on their homes by SFO […]

Going global

In the cosy world of Latin American legal practice, global aspirations have traditionally been weak – but this is changing slowly as the region looks beyond its borders and law firms see the importance of creating the right image if they want to be seen as serious international players. Brazilian firm Pinheiro Neto paved the […]

Chester firm succumbs to buyout by Hill Dickinson

Marine, insurance and commercial firm Hill Dickinson has taken over The Property Law Practice – a two-partner practice in Chester, which acts for house builders and developers in the region. The PLP’s founder Vincent Fairclough, said: “We are confident that with the added strength and resources of Hill Dickinson we can build on the sound […]

Duty to duty solicitors

I thoroughly agree with Anthony Edwards concerning the urgent necessity for opening up duty solicitor schemes, and opening up the opportunity for any qualified person to take part in them. The present system may fall foul of European anti-competition law. I have been in correspondence with Brian Shieldhouse (at one time a British Legal Association […]

The price of taking solicitors' time free

The Law Society headquarters at Chancery Lane has its charms and membership has its privileges. The 172-year-old legal institution has the look and aura of a refined gentleman’s club – some councillors have served for almost 20 years, their expenses generously reimbursed throughout that time. But the price they pay is up to six weeks […]

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