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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).


Law Soc, Bar Council press for selection of judges to be based on individual merit

The Law Society and the Bar Council are urging for radical reforms to the way judges are appointed. In a response to the ‘Increasing Diversity in the Judiciary’ consultation paper issued by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA), both bodies said merit had to be paramount when selecting judges. The automatic consultation process, which has […]

Separated at birth

She’s had a hard time of it recently, but EastEnders’ Little Mo should be applauded for her grit. She’s battled the worst that life can throw at her and bounced back stronger than ever – and now she’s left Albert Square behind to bring her words of wisdom to the UK legal market. And not […]

The work-life quiz

Steven Booth, managing partner, IBB Solicitors What was your first ever job?Greengrocer’s assistant with John Briggs & Sons. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Getting lost in the Bear Garden, being late for the master and explaining to my principal why I didn’t come back with what he told me to get. Where’s the […]

Lovells’ German refocus sees Berlin managing partner quit

Lovells’ decision to refocus its German offices along practice sector lines contributed to the departure of Berlin managing partner Nikolaus Ley. As revealed by www. (24 January), Ley has quit in order to launch his own boutique practice with former Lovells partner Klaus Racky, who retired last October. Both were corporate partners. Lovells has […]

Cobbetts raids Hammonds for construction splash

Hammonds has suffered a double construction loss as two Birmingham partners move to Cobbetts. Birmingham head of construction James Bessey and non-contentious partner Mark Robinson join Cobbetts’ existing two-partner Midlands construction team. The hires boost Cobbetts’ construction team nationally to nine partners. According to Cobbetts’ national construction head Mark Whittell, Bessey and Robinson will add […]

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