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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).


Outer Temple barrister puts three away for tax fraud

Outer Temple Chambers barrister Robert-Jan Temmink has secured three convictions for the Serious Fraud Office after a trial that demonstrated a jury’s ability to understand complicated fraud cases. The case saw three individuals convicted of siphoning more than £1m of funds from an environmental tax credit scheme, with each defendant accused of more than one […]

Taylor Wessing wins EY Luther partner

EY Luther Menold has suffered another loss from its IT/IP practice, this time to Taylor Wessing as the UK firm goes head-to-head with Bird & Bird. The hire is Taylor Wessing’s second technology recruitment this year. Earlier it raided Bird & Bird to boost its Munich operation with Reinhard Gaertner. In Germany, technology lawyers at […]

Hammonds set to seal the deal with Rossotto

In May, The Lawyer revealed that Italian managing partner Riccardo Rossotto had delayed the full integration of the 2002 merger between Hammonds and Rossotto e Associati

SocGen places its £50m legal spend out to tender

Bank to revolutionise French procurement model; Société Générale opts for Anglo-Saxon law firm panel Société Générale (SocGen) has thrown down the gauntlet for 25 firms, with the prize a share of its £50m annual legal spend. Historically, French banks and corporates have shunned formal panels, but SocGen’s review follows a similar exercise carried out by Calyon earlier […]

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