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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).


Latest Reed Smith merger goes live

The merger between US firm Reed Smith and Chicago-based Sachnoff & Weaver is going live today. The two firms will start trading under the banner of Reed Smith Sachnoff & Weaver in Chicago for a limited period. The addition of Sachnoff’s 130 lawyers takes the total number of lawyers at Reed Smith to 1,500. Greg […]

Cobbetts secures two property panel places

Cobbetts’ Manchester office has had a lucrative start to 2007, with its residential development team putting in a particularly strong performance by already being appointed to two property panels this year. It began with the team scooping a position on housebuilder Taylor Woodrow’s legal panel in January, joining firms including Walker Morris and Wragge & […]

London: Apple crumble

New York’s fall from grace as the leading capital markets centre has seen London reap the rewards. But can the City hold on to the lead, or will the Big Apple bite back?

A&O Italy banking team caught cold by winters of discontent

February is the cruellest month as far as Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Italian arm is concerned. Last month saw the firm lose banking and finance head Giancarlo Castorino and partner Davide Mencacci. In February last year projects head Franco Vigliano and banking stars Andrea Arosio and Dario Longo quit the firm. The series of departures […]

City Law Soc kickstarts lobbying campaign

The City of London Law Society (CLLS) announced today (5 March) its plan to intensify its lobbying campaigns. The CLLS, which represents 12,000 solicitors whose combined billing power is in excess of £16bn, will be pushing hard to ensure there are appropriate facilities in London for commercial dispute resolution and adequate training for City lawyers. […]

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