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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).

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Web Week – 22/05/06

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs, or the way legal news stories unfold at home and around the world. The US has a strong culture of legal blogs, which is not yet the case here. If […]

Sullivan expands London to exploit listings growth

Sullivan & Cromwell is looking to capitalise on the growth in London capital markets work by building an English law corporate practice. The new strategy was launched last week with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Vanessa Blackmore. Sullivan’s London office has included English lawyers since 1999, with the current strength at […]

Bar appoints new complaints commissioner

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed senior civil servant Robert Behrens as the new Bar Complaints Commissioner. Behrens, previously secretary to the committee on Standards in Public Life, succeeds Michael Scott in the role and takes up his post on 1 June. The complaints commissioner reviews the system for handling complaints against barristers as […]

Pillsbury overhauls management

Freshly merged Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is hoping to ensure a more dramatic rise up the Am Law 100 rankings next year after taking the dramatic step of overhauling its management. San Francisco-based Pillsbury Winthrop, which merged with Washington DC-headquartered Shaw Pittman last year, rose 12 places in the rankings to place 30th this year […]

RPC ups revenue despite snubbing NHS

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has seen a slight rise in turnover, despite ditching a major client at the start of the last financial year. The firm’s revenue grew by 2 per cent to £52.9m. RPC had succeeded in retaining its place on the NHS Litigation Authority panel in February 2005 following a review of the […]

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