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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).


New legal regulator’s membership revealed

Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier QC and former Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin are among the first members of the newly appointed Legal Services Board (LSB). Set up under the Legal Services Act to serve as the overarching regulator for the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar ­Standards Board, the nine-member LSB will have […]


Bevan Brittan to vote on shake-up as PEP drops

Restructure plan to move chief exec Whitfield to client-facing role; non-lawyer slated to take over Bevan Brittan to vote on shake-up as PEP drops” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/12829_whitfield-bevan-britten.jpg” />Bevan Brittan is considering plans to vote chief executive Stuart Whitfield out of his role as part of a management restructure aimed at pepping up falling profit. Whitfield’s […]

RPC offloads Tiverton base to Kennedys

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) is to hand its Tiverton office to insurance rivals Kennedys as a going concern. The firm will transfer its Devon arm, which numbers one partner and six lawyers, to Kennedys on Monday (28 July). RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough said Tiverton no longer seemed an appropriate base for the firm. “The […]

Home Group announces new panel tender

Housing charity Home Group has invited firms to tender for its residential property work. The charity is creating a new panel for the work. Its current general panel members include ­Dickinson Dees, Eversheds, Sharratts and Trowers & Hamlins, and it is understood that these firms, in addition to several ­others, will participate in the tender. […]

Growth slows at Four Pump, 2-3 Gray’s Inn

Four Pump Court and 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square have both posted 7 per cent increases in turnover over the past financial year, although both sets saw their growth rates reduce from the ­previous year’s. At 2-3 Gray’s Inn, the rate of growth dropped by 2.4 ­percentage points, while ;at ;Four ;Pump Court the rate fell […]

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