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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).


Pay showed up by figures

Women trainees are paid an average of £779 less per annum than their male colleagues the Trainee Solicitors Group has discovered. A nationwide survey of 203 trainees and LPC students also found that, for every two men on the minimum salary, there were three women. And 50 per cent of those from ethnic minorities received […]

Report points out poor ethnic mix in Scotland

Ethnic minorities and women are under represented in the Scottish Criminal Justice system, and no ethnic minorities are represented among the staff of Scotland’s prosecution service, according to a government report. The study, published by the Scottish Office last week, concludes “the proportions of women and individuals of ethnic minorities working in criminal justice agencies […]

In brief: Ashursts loses two senior administrators

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s backroom departments have lost two, and possibly three, senior managers since Ian Nisse’s appointment as managing partner in May. The firm is still looking for a head of information technology, to replace David Lumsden, who left in May, while Sally James, head of personnel, is also to leave the practice. It is […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Costas Andrea

Costas Andrea was born in London in 1962. He is now principal of Andrea & Co. What was your first job? Shelf-stacker at Sainsburys. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £6,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Pathologist. Which law could you live without? All laws around […]

Research pays off

Barrister Becket Bedford from Birmingham will see several years of research come to fruition this month with the publication of two specialist European law texts. European Travel Law, published by Wiley, and Public Procurement Enforcement and Remedies in Europe, published by Butterworths, have been co-edited by the EU law specialist, who is a tenant at […]

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