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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).

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Common law set 9 Gough Square has lost nine of its barristers to family chambers 4 Paper Buildings. All nine barristers, including Alex Verdan QC and John Tughan, are specialists in the law relating to children. Their appointments make 4 Paper Buildings the leader in that field, the set claims. Susan Baldock, James Shaw and […]

English lawyers take the high road

A poor work-life balance and the high cost of living is leading English lawyers to head north of the border to practise, according to Scottish law firms and recruiters. Alison Burgin, head of legal recruitment at Badenoch & Clark, said Scotland has seen an influx of City lawyers upping sticks to northern legal centres such […]

Top UK firms embrace flexible working

More than three-quarters of the UK’s top 50 law firms have introduced flexible working, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. Regional-based firm Mills & Reeves tops the table in terms of numbers of fee-earners taking up flexible working in the last year, according to a poll conducted by The Lawyer. Of the firm’s 407 fee-earners, 153 […]

Weil Gotshal expands in Asia with Hong Kong launch

Weil Gotshal & Manges will open its ninth international office by launching a Hong Kong offering next month, the firm announced last night. Weil also announced that it would be applying for a Beijing license in the near future, which, if successful will be the firm’s third Asian office. The transatlantic firm will parachute over […]

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