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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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SJ Berwin strengthens Evans Randall relationship

SJ Berwin has secured its position as the leading legal adviser to Evans Randall on property matters after completing its biggest deal to date for the private investment bank. Real estate partner David Ryland led the firm’s team advising Evans Randall on its £175m acquisition of ABN Amro’s London headquarters at 250 Bishopsgate. The deal […]

Careers: People

Kent firm Vizards Wyeth has appointed two new partners. Fiona Simpson joins the commercial litigation department from Orchard, where she was a partner, while Susanna Gilmartin, an employment specialist, joins from ASB Law in Croydon, where she headed the employment team. Veale Wasbrough has taken on a new lawyer. Iain McColl of Taylor Wessing joins […]

Bromwich spurns Ashurst bonuses in costs war

Ashurst has turned its back on its brand new bonus system, despite profit rebounding 9 per cent after a series of partner sackings. The firm reinstalled a bonus system for partners last year as an incentive to attract lateral hires and to reward its best-performing partners, but has not used it. The decision reinforces the […]

Eversheds ends negligence action with settlement

Eversheds has settled a negligence claim brought against it by investment adviser and fund manager London & Capital. London & Capital sued Eversheds for negligence last year after the company failed in its £220m attempt to acquire St James Capital’s property portfolio. Eversheds was advising. London & Capital lost a £300,000 ‘commitment sum’ and claimed that Eversheds was […]

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