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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).


Mediating judges must be innovative to be effective

I congratulate the Technology and Construction Court on its initiative to trial judges as mediators (The Lawyer, 5 June). But, as with every such pilot, there are qualifications to be made and useful tips to be gained from others’ experience. We need to accept the fact judges are judgmental – that is their job – […]

OFT is on trial

So far all the focus has been on BA and what the impact could be on the airline . But there is as much at stake for the regulator, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), in this investigation as there is for the airline industry. The OFT has announced that this is a criminal investigation […]

Keeping us abreast

Tulkinghorn’s thanks go out to the pregnant PR who cheered up a grumpy, post-England v Trinidad and Tobago beerfest editorial team with the following bon mot: “My breasts are huge and I’m really horny.”

Forsters records best year ever with £487K PEP

Property-based Mayfair firm Forsters has confirmed its best year ever with an average profit per equity partner of £487,000, a rise of 29 per cent. The 27-partner firm may have also secured itself a first-time spot in the top 100 firms by revenue with a 25 per cent increase in gross fees to £19.9m. Managing […]

Growing pains

Firms must beware of the insurance implications of any mergers or lateral hires, says Frank Maher Hundreds of thousands of pounds are probably being wasted each year by law firms who fail to plan insurance issues on mergers and lateral hires. For example, an additional, avoidable annual cost of nearly £100,000 in extra insurance premiums […]

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