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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).


Take that to the Manc

The award for pompous correspondent of the week goes to one E Askew, who addressed The Lawyer thus: “Point of order, Liverpool is the North West’s LARGEST city.” E Askew was responding, with barely held-back ire, to last week’s story on Halliwells’ impending merger with Liverpool-based Cuff Roberts. The firm was, it read, breaking into […]

Tomorrow people

Lovells is 21 per cent behind budget at the half-year stage. Incoming managing partner David Harris will have some big decisions to make. By Catrin Griffiths There’s one thing that David Harris would like to get straight. Nothing he says should imply any criticism of the ancien régime. Let us applaud his sensitivity; Lesley MacDonagh […]

UK law firms in France set to lose tax exemption loophole

Partners at UK law firms in France are expected to suffer under the burden of rigorous new tax laws designed to close loopholes for international firms. The UK-France Tax Treaty, signed by both countries in January 2004, sews up a range of tax loopholes that can see French resident partners of international firms pay little […]

Ex-CC German chief resurfaces at Mayer Brown

Peter Nägele, former managing partner of Clifford Chance in Germany, is set to join the Frankfurt office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw in January next year. Until the end of 2002 Nägele was co-managing partner for continental Europe and a member of the global executive group of Clifford Chance. He left the firm not […]

Kendalls attacks Land Securities building plans

Kendall Freeman is fighting for its right to light as former client Land Securities proposes to build an 18-storey building in Fetter Lane. The firm has filed an application for an injunction to prevent Land Securities from going ahead with the planned 691,000sq ft office building, which is due to be built directly opposite Kendall […]

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