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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).



It’s been a good week for… Jilted lovers. Romance and the law do not go hand in hand, particularly after surveyor William Parker’s (above) action against his former lover Helen Holdsworth (above right) for recovery of the £18,000 worth of gifts he gave her during their affair, which settled out of court last week for […]

Partners on the move…

DJ Freeman has brought the total number of new partners appointed in the firm within the past six months to eight. Three new partners, take up their posts on 1 May. They are Jonathan Barnes (commercial property), Tim O’Hara (non-contentious construction) and Marina Palomba (contentious commercial litigation and jurisdictional disputes). George Bull, a specialist in […]

Watson Farley in Danish rejig

Watson Farley & Williams’ sole Scandinavia-based partner is moving to its London office. Christopher Lowe has left three fee earners and three support staff in Copenhagen. The move comes a year after the closure of the firm’s Oslo office. Watson Farley advises the Danish ship credit fund, Danmarks Skibskreditfond, which provides financing for export credit. […]

Hammond Suddards makes up seven new partners

Hammond Suddards has appointed seven new partners from within the firm, four fewer than last year. Covering a broad range of disciplines, the appointments take effect from 1 May and bring the total number of partners to 103. The new partners are: Christopher Brigstocke, who specialises in property; Jeremy Dickerson, intellectual property; Steven Glover, corporate […]

In brief: Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy and Norton Rose have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement for exporting legal services globally. Allen & Overy senior partner John Rink says: “This is an endorsement of the huge success we have enjoyed in developing our international practice. In the past 10 years we have grown from six offices […]

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