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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).



Harbottle & Lewis represented TalkCast Corporation on the private placing of 7.5 million ordinary shares. Durlacher acted as the financial adviser on the placing which aims to raise £19m. Mark Bertram

Ward Hadaway enters merger talks with rival North East firm

Ward Hadaway and Watson Burton, two Newcastle firms, are in merger talks, The Lawyer can reveal. Should the merger go ahead, the newly-created firm, with 47 partners, would rival the North East’s current largest practice, Dickinson Dees, which has 48 partners and a total staff of more than 340. However, sources in Newcastle doubt whether […]

Directory survey needs closer look

On the front page of The Lawyer last week was a picture of Chambers and The Legal 500 under the headline “Directories under fire for wasting firms’ millions”. A sensational headline. But it bore little resemblance to the article and even less to the report on which the article was based. Last June, Wheeler Associates […]

Hammond Suddards in drug raid

Police have raided the Bradford office of Hammond Suddards and arrested four employees on suspicion of dealing the drug ecstasy. They were arrested in Well Street on Friday 22 October. Four have since been charged. A source says: “They were clerical staff. The police came into the building and handcuffed them.” A police spokesman says: […]

County court block could cost millions

The vice-chancellor has blocked the progress of over 40,000 personal injury cases with a total value in the region of £80m. In allowing leave to appeal to the House of Lords in the case of Dimond v Lovell, Sir Richard Scott issued guidance that all cases of a similar type should be stayed until the […]

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