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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).



Masons advised the DSS on a £160m contract with the Newcastle Estate Partnership (NEP) for the Newcastle Estate Development Project. NEP is a joint venture company between AMEC Developments and the Building & Property Group and was advised by Berwin Leighton. Funding was provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland, advised by Allen & Overy.

SMI could be a wasted chance

The failure to implement a set of Standard Mortgage Instructions could spell disaster for high street solicitors, warns Chris Jowett. Chris Jowett is Halifax group solicitor and chairman of the Mortgage Lenders Legal Advisory Panel. More than a decade ago, the Farrand committee set up in the mid-1980s by then Lord Chancellor, Lord Hailsham to […]

In brief: Memorial service for meningitis victim

A memorial service for Charlotte Spaldin will be held at St Bride’s church on Fleet Street at 12 noon on Wednesday this week. Spaldin was an assistant solicitor in Rosling King’s litigation department. She died of meningitis on 19 December 1997.

Top sets combine IT resources

LONDON’S largest chambers, Hardwicke Building, has joined forces with 9 Bedford Row to recruit what is believed to be the Bar’s first ever full-time chambers IT manager. Former London University Astrophysics Department System Manager, Dr Basil Drolias, took up his new post at the beginning of the year, working three days a week at Hardwicke […]

In brief: Nabarros tax ace joins Beachcroft Stanleys

Leading tax lawyer Christopher Cox joined City firm Beachcroft Stanleys last month as a partner from Nabarro Nathanson, where he was also a partner. Cox will head a new commercial tax practice at Beachcrofts. Cox said the merger talks between Beachcrofts, Bristol-based Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave and Manchester’s Vaudreys had not been a ‘major factor’ in […]

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