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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).


Bar turns tables on Govt in “fat cat' row

The Bar Council successfully hit back at the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s attacks on “fat cat” barristers last week, putting the government on the defensive. Figures released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), showing 39 barristers earning between £190,000 and £320,000 from legal aid in 1997, plus the top 20 highest earning firms for civil […]

A&O leads the expansion pack in Top 100 survey

ALLEN & Overy posted the fastest expansion of any UK firm in the past year, according to The Lawyer’s 1998 Top 100 survey, taking on an extraordinary 300 extra fee earners. In doing so the firm overtook Linklaters to become the UK’s fourth-largest firm. Reasons for the rise include A&O’s merger with 65-lawyer Italian firm […]

In brief: Walker to take over from Harmer at Apil

Russell Jones Walker partner Ian Walker is due to take over as Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) president. He will take over from barrister Caroline Harmer, who is stepping down after two years, at Apil’s Spring conference at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on 7 May.

1 Crown Office Row loses two senior tenants to rivals

Two senior tenants last week quit 1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Richard Ferguson QC, bringing the number of departures at the criminal and civil set over the past year to five barristers and two senior clerks. Oscar Del Fabbro and Elroy Claxton left the 46-tenant set for rival chambers 23 Essex Street, while […]

Solex preview, The external solution

Mike Oppenheim describes how his company delivers facility management systems to law firms across the globe. Mike Oppenheim is head of marketing and sales at Pitney Bowes Management Services. In today’s competitive legal environment firms must not only keep up with the competition – but stay ahead of it. Firms have to manage their office […]

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