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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).

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Restrictive covenants dispute

Lord Justices Swinton Thomas, Waller and Chadwick, have reserved judgment in an appeal by the University of Westminster against refusal by the Lands Tribunal of their application to discharge restrictive covenants on its premises situated in London’s Marylebone Road. In the appeal, Nicholas Taggart argued that the president of the Lands Tribunal had been wrong […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 7/4/98

Richard David Andrade, 47, admitted 1973, practising at material time in partnership as Nicholas Barrett, London SW7, until 30 September 1992, and since October 1992 on own account as Andrade & Co, London SW7, struck off and ordered to pay costs. Allegations substantiated that he wrongly used client account money, failed to pay professional agents […]

It has been a good week for…

Herbert Smith, which has advised on six public deals together worth nearly £984m and come top of a new The Lawyer weekly deals league table. (see City page 12). The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who gave a smooth performance on The Today Programme last week defending his decision to appoint the first ever blind magistrates. […]

Kent-based estate agent teams up with local firms

Kent estate agents Ward & Co has hit back against Hambro Countrywide’s volume conveyancing operation by offering clients conveyancing from local firms conforming to a new customer service protocol. In what is thought to be one of the first schemes of its kind the firms – Martin Tolhurst Partnership, Wright & Co, Dundas & Duce, […]

Improve complaints system or lose self-regulation, threatens Abraham

THE LEGAL Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham has given the legal profession until the end of the year to get its complaints handling right. Launching her 1997 annual report, Abraham warned the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) and the Bar Council’s new complaints system still had a “long way to go” before they could […]

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