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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).


Media & new media

Advisers (THLi) to inject £32.5m to fund its internet businesses, and, focusing particularly on key technological developments. Subsidiary company beeb Ventures has also been formed and is valued at £240m. Commercial partner Selina Potter, corporate partner Adrian Bott and taxation partner Mark Joscelyne led a team of three on the transaction. THLi was […]

Legal widow

Nine years of evenings and weekends spent trapped in important meetings have finally caught up with the Lawyer. Invoking some obscure amendment, I have decamped to a girls’ week away, leaving the Lawyer to cope with the tail-end of the summer holidays. The Lawyer is, of course, in complete panic. Nothing in the world of […]

Hugh Mercer on the appeals of two water companies against the Office of Water Service's determination of prices

Is the difference between the Competition Commission (CC) and the Mergers and Monopolies Commission (MMC) more than just the name? The decisions published this month on the appeals by two water companies against the Office of Water Service’s (Ofwat) determination of prices are certainly a departure from the MMC’s previous decisions in the water sector. […]

Brockbank and Hiscox unite to cut £20m legal spend at Lloyd’s

Lloyd’s syndicates Brockbank and Hiscox are setting a new precedent in the insurance market by teaming up for the purchasing of legal services. So far the syndicates have cut the number of US and UK law firms they use from 250 to 60, and they intend to have only 50 by November. The partnership began […]

Gibson Dunn scores New York M&A recruitment hat trick

Los Angeles firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is raiding Chadbourne & Parke to snatch a team that includes one of New York’s top M&A lawyers. Chadbourne is losing the head of its corporate finance group Dennis Friedman and two other partners, Barbara Becker and Scott Kislin. Friedman is one of the city’s well-known rainmakers, with […]

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