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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).



Commercial property firm Bell & Scott has appointed Ross Taylor as a solicitor in its construction team. Taylor joins from Drummond Miller. Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has hired Lena Hodge as of counsel and head of corporate finance in London. Hodge joins from Rosenblatt Solicitors, where she was a corporate partner. Thomas […]

City Law Soc launches as law firm champion

Forty-three of London’s biggest law firms have handed the City of London Law Society a mandate to be their representational and campaigning body. The 43 firms unanimously voted last week (30 March) to make the CLLS its official spokesperson. In effect it will act as City law firms’ trade union, a representative voice on issues […]

Grau grows in Barcelona and Canaries

Spanish IP boutique Grau Baylos & Angulo has opened an office in the Canary Islands and is moving to larger premises in Barcelona. The Canaries office will be in Gran Canaria capital Las Palmas and will focus on anti-counterfeiting work. Barcelona-based Grau has 18 lawyers: 12 in Barcelona, five in Madrid and two in Las […]

DLA Piper sets up mentoring scheme to help GCSE pupils

DLA Piper sets up mentoring scheme to help GCSE pupils” />DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has been working with two London secondary schools on an e-mentoring scheme for GCSE students. The scheme matches pupils at Highbury Grove and Islington Green secondary schools in London with lawyers and staff at the firm. The DLA Piper volunteers […]

Richards Butler and Reed Smith sign merger agreement

Reed Smith and Richards Butler have today announced that they have signed a letter of intent to complete a full merger by 1 January, 2007. Merger negotiations have reached an advanced stage with votes by both partnerships scheduled for the end of May, subject to due diligence. The merger is set to create a new […]

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