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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).


Lovells in China: Sino the times

When Lovells forged an alliance with Chinese firms based outside the major centres of Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai it created something rather different. Almost a year on its members are bullish about their prospects China’s role as a dominant global economy is undeniably secure. For international law firms faced with the maturity of Western […]

Thistle stop

Claims that Scotland’s economy is less robust than England’s may have prompted some legal talent to head south of the border – but today’s figures tell a different story Over the past five years there has been a view among some that, as far as commercial law is concerned, Scotland is not the real deal. […]

Cains targets East’s emerging markets with Singapore office launch

Offshore firm Cains has opened an office in Singapore with a three-strong team, creating a base from which to serve its Asian clients. Cains managing director Andrew Corlett said the firm felt a Singapore launch was vital given the strength of the region and the country’s position within it. “We ;think ;that ;the emerging markets […]

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 […]

A question of sports

Tulkinghorn believes you can tell a lot about a law firm by looking at its sports teams, and the Legal Fives tournament held a few weeks ago turned out to be a mine of information. For example, Hammonds called its football team MC Hammonds Time, which implies its lawyers have a special sense of humour. […]

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