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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).


Sets to be “named and shamed' over equality

THE BAR Council is preparing to “name and shame” chambers that have failed to come clean about their equal opportunities policies after less than a quarter responded to an official survey on the issue. Last June, 420 sets were asked if they had implemented the Bar Council’s 1995 Equality Code but only 92 have replied. […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis was born in London in 1964. He is a partner in the commercial litigation department at Bevan Ashford. What was your first job? Apple picker. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £14,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Film critic. Which law could you live […]

Masons constructs office north of the border

MASONS has become only the third English firm after Cameron Mckenna and Thompsons to set up in Scotland by poaching two of Scotland’s leading construction lawyers. The firm has hired McGrigor Donald partner Vincent Connor – who was number two in McGrigors’ top-rated construction department – and senior solicitor Ian Laing, to open an associated […]

Retallack heralds new democracy at Edges

Edge & Ellison’s new senior partner James Retallack last week issued a rallying call to all his 600 staff in Birmingham, Leicester and London in a series of talks to explain his new three-year strategy, “The Way Forward”. He said the firm was making its management structure and remuneration structure more democratic following the departure […]

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