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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).


CC looks to reignite faltering West Coast

Magic circle firm in shock U-turn as it plans to hire thirty lawyers in California Clifford Chance has set in motion ambitious plans to resurrect its devastated West Coast operation as news emerges of two more partners leaving the firm’s US arm. The Palo Alto office is in negotiations with landlords to acquire new space, […]

DLA furthers German push with CC hire

DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Martin Schulte. Düsseldorf-based Schulte will join DLA’s growing Cologne office later this month. As first revealed on (21 July), DLA debuted in Germany following a split from its former German ally Görg Rechtsanwalte. The split saw DLA poach former […]

De Pardieu signs up new public law head from rival

Paris firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is expanding its public law practice with the hire of Vatier & Associé’s public law head. Joining as head of De Pardieu’s public law and public-private partnerships department, Yves-René Guillou becomes the firm’s seventh lawyer in this area. De Pardieu now has 14 partners. Guillou’s clients includes the likes […]

TfL Thames Gateway Bridge project

Ashurst sees off DWS, Herbies for TfL contract Ashurst has fought off fierce competition from Herbert Smith to scoop an instruction to advise Transport for London (TfL) on the construction of the controversial Thames Gateway Bridge. Last month Ashurst beat Herbert Smith, Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and a handful of other firms to the work […]

Lupton Fawcett non-lawyers get partner status

Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett has given two members of its personal injury (PI) department ‘partner equivalent’ status, although neither are lawyers. Legal executive Baksho Sowam joined as a secretary and worked her way up, while Sarah Jamieson is the PI operations manager.

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