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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).



London Underground to launch PPP review

London Underground Limited (LUL) has promoted head of legal Sarah Atkins to director of reviews in preparation for its PPP contract review, which is slated for 2010. Atkins will lead the review, which the company undertakes every six or seven years, to examine all PPP contracts and to identify what LUL should be procuring and […]


Position: 28 hFirm: Shoosmiths Turnover: £103.4mProfit per equity partner: £327KEarnings per partner: £174KEquity spread: £240K-£336KNet profit: £12.4mProfit margin: 12 per centRevenue per fee-earner: £146KRevenue per lawyer: £297KRevenue per partner: £994KRevenue per equity partner: £2.59mTotal number of fee-earners: 707Total number of qualified partners: 348Total number of partners: 104Total number of equity partners: 40Total number of female […]

Axiom secondee model set for London roll-out

US law firm Axiom has launched its unusual legal model in London, which sees all of the firm’s lawyers seconded to clients. Axiom will be focusing on building a banking client base, drawing on mandates won in the US with banks such as Morgan Stanley and Citigroup. Former Linklaters corporate lawyer Al Giles, who has […]

Mishcon boosts headcount with five hires

Mishcon de Reya has bolstered its associate and assistant numbers with five appointments. Simon Noonoo has joined the firm as an associate in the real estate team from Berwin Leighton Paisner. Alisa Kaysner has joined from CHI & Partners as an associate and will work in the corporate commercial group. Michelle Kennedy has also joined […]

HBJ hires shipping expert

Litigation lawyer Jon Sharpe will join HBJ Gateley Wareing as a partner in its London office. Sharpe will join the shipping division of the firm from Shaw and Croft. He was previously a partner at TLT Solicitors and his expertise is in contentious marine and aviation matters and in insurance and reinsurance litigation in these […]

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