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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).


Grennan at helm of Goodbodys in City

IRISH firm A & L Goodbody has appointed a new managing partner in its London office. James Grennan takes over from Eithne Fitzgerald who has returned to Dublin after a three-year stint fronting the London office. Grennan has worked for the firm for the past 10 years and has been involved in a number of […]

In brief: King wins Herbert Smith training head

Richard King has joined City firm Herbert Smith as head of education and training. He replaces Alexandrina le Clezio, who joined the College of Law as director of education last year. King was with Linklaters & Paines, where he was training development manager from 1990 to 1994.

Redress on cards for pension victims

The Legal Aid Board is due to meet the personal pensions steering committee of solicitors’ firms, set up to litigate on behalf of victims, with the aim of examining how it should handle claims and to explain the types of cases likely to arise. The board has also nominated its Bristol office to handle all […]

Andrew Spooner on the implications of new practice legislation

The Practice Direction on Case Management in Civil Litigation handed down on 24 January 1995 contains much that will be applauded by members of the public and profession alike. Its twin objectives are to speed up civil litigation and cut costs. However, the question remains will it do so in practice, particularly as regards discovery, […]

In brief: Trainees conference pulls the crowds

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group annual conference has been flooded with bookings for its weekend event in York starting on Friday. The organisers expect at least 200 lawyers will attend the weekend of seminars and social activities. The full delegate package including accommodation at The Royal York Hotel is now completely booked but a day pass […]

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