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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).


In brief: Legal & Insurance scraps Lawplan scheme

Tunbridge Wells company Legal & Insurance (LIS) has pulled the plug on its mutual scheme Lawplan. The scheme, set up in 1994, was a precursor of “after the event” insurance schemes. Director Neil Mulroy said that the company had written to solicitors telling them that the claims fund was exhausted. “We’ve been let down by […]

In whose best interests?

I was surprised to read, in Rosemary Sanwell-Smith’s article “Advocating a working relationship” (The Lawyer, 23 June) that: “The best interests of the client are paramount.” The first duties of any advocate are to the administration of justice and the court. Even though a barrister is not an officer of the court, he or she […]

Something in the air

Case law can clarify the conflicting legislation surrounding waste disposal, writes Phil Shiner. Phil Shiner is head of Tyndallwoods’ planning and environmental department and was instructed in Kirkman. There are questions as to the duplication of control between the two systems relevant to industrial plants, especially waste disposal plants such as incinerators. Many practitioners have […]

MPs seek details of CPS' use of advisers for Glidewell response

THE PUBLIC accounts committee has asked for more information on the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) use of outside advisers. The inquiry comes after The Lawyer’s report last week that the CPS had brought in consultants to help it respond to Sir Iain Glidewell’s review of the service. But the committee, which subjected Director of Public […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 7/4/98

Assignment of non-assignable chose in action Don King Productions v (1) Frank John Warren (2) Christopher Nigel Roberts (3) Centurion Promotions (formerly Sports Network) (4) Sports Network USA (5) Time Warner Entertainment Co LP (1998) ChD (Lightman J) 27/3/98 Summary: Whether agreement to assign contracts was effective in law or equity where such contracts involved […]

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