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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).


DLA Piper loses China specialist to Katten

US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has hired a DLA Piper corporate partner in Chicago to lead its China practice. Feng Xue joined Katten this week after two years at DLA Piper. He has previously worked with several other well-known firms in Shanghai, Beijing and Chicago including Altheimer & Gray and Bell Boyd and Lloyd, where […]

Cracks show as crunch hits firms’ half-year figures

Camerons and Lovells eye double-digit growth as fee income stagnates across City. Law firms across the market are experiencing mixed financial fortunes at the half-year stage, with CMS Cameron McKenna and Lovells standing out as the only two firms predicting double-digit growth. With the half-year coming to a close on Friday (31 October), firms have […]

Camerons rehouses insurance group

CMS Cameron McKenna is set to relaunch its insurance practice as a dispute resolution group with a focus on litigation arising from the credit crunch. If the move is rubber-stamped by the board this Wednesday (5 November), it will be a major departure for the firm, which was created when insurance specialist Cameron Markby Hewitt […]

Cobbetts, Halliwells go in search of further cuts

North West firms Cobbetts and Halliwells have launched further redundancy consultations as they seek to cut costs in the face of a looming recession. Cobbetts is reviewing 28 support staff jobs, taking the potential number of redundancies at the North West firm since the start of the economic downturn to 69. Some 20 secretaries are […]

Norton Rose scoops HSBC-Ekonomi brief

Norton Rose has won an instruction from HSBC on the purchase of Indonesian lender Bank Ekonomi for $608m (£392.59m). The firm has emerged as HSBC’s preferred corporate adviser in Asia, having also worked on its failed bid for the Korean Exchange Bank last month. Lovells advised the sellers, wealthy Indonesian private investor the Wings Group, […]

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