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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).


Will EC laws make net gains for firms?

E-commerce is big news. Start-up companies are popping up in Europe almost as frequently as they are in the US. The first e-businesses are hitting the Stock Exchange and the Government is trumpeting the internet as the next big industrial frontier. However, lawyers and industry experts are expressing concern over proposed rules governing business over […]

… while R&W's Paris office plots breakaway

Rogers & Wells’ highly profitable Paris office is offering itself as a unit to rival firms because of unhappiness over the planned merger with Clifford Chance. “The real powerhouses at the office are not happy with the merger,” a source close to the merger says. This is because the merger with Clifford Chance will see […]

It's been a good week for…

Cigarette companies. After repeated batterings in the courts, the tobacco giants were given a breath of fresh air when the US Supreme Court appeared sceptical of government claims that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had the power to regulate their products. The FDA is trying to ban cigarette sponsorship of sport and limit vending […]


A unique hearing takes place this week. For the first time, the ordinary courts of one country are sitting in the territory of another. Lord Sutherland, a Scottish judge, is being asked to decide whether two men should stand trial as charged under Scottish law. But the preliminary hearing, like the trial itself, is taking […]

Two more partners quit newly merged Notts firm for Nelsons

Leading Midlands firm Nelsons has poached two more partners from newly merged rival Nottingham firm Berryman Shacklock. Commercial property partner Richard Staniland and company and commercial lawyer Karen Medhurst are following licensing partner David Lucas to the firm, which he joined in September. Shacklocks completed its merger with Berryman & Co on 1 December and […]

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