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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).


Law Soc works with Thompsons to promote peace in Colombia

The Law Society hosted a roundtable discussion last month (25 June) to promote wider peace talks in Colombia. The society is working with trade union specialist firm Thompsons Solicitors and non-government organisation Justice for Colombia to promote a humanitarian exchange programme to initiate a peace process aimed at ending conflict between left-wing and right-wing militias, […]

Hammonds joins ‘war for talent’ with new deals for associates

Hammonds has become the latest firm to join the associate pay war, announcing pay rises for all its newly-qualified solicitors (NQs). Salaries for the firm’s City NQs will increase by almost a quarter from £48,000 to £60,000 with the new intake in September, bringing them close behind those at national rivals Eversheds, which recently upped […]

MBRM advises atkins on LSH disposal

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has advised consultancy group WS Atkins on the disposal of its UK-based property agency business Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to De Facto 1498. The purchaser is a company backed by LSH Management and Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance (BoSIF). MBRM corporate partner Richard Page led the team with assistants […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •Site of the living deadA new website has been launched that gives US lawyers a numerical rating. […]

Chinese reforms posit relaxation of the country’s ‘Law for Lawyers’

China’s Ministry of Justice has outlined plans to allow experienced lawyers to set up private law firms under newly proposed legal reforms. The country’s legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, is studying draft amendments to its Law on Lawyers, which could lead to the first changes being made to the law since […]

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