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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).


Reducing capital by solvency statement – hints and tips for directors

The ICAEW has recently issued a helpsheet on the reduction of share capital under the Companies Act 2006. This forms the background to this alert in which we set out some useful guidance for directors when considering a reduction of share capital under the solvency statement procedure introduced by the Act. Click on the link […]

Consensual disposal: osteopaths

All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and fit to practise. The GOsC will investigate concerns about an osteopath’s fitness to practice and, if well founded, the osteopath may be subjected to a sanction. The General Osteopathic Council is undertaking a consultation process into the use of ‘consensual disposal’ as an […]


Triumph of the newt romantics

Lawyers must be sure their clients with land interests are insured against wildlife-related hold-ups Now we all know the answer to the question ‘why did the newt cross the road?’ – because it had to use the £1m superhighway built for it by the developer. This story of a hijacked development in deepest Cambridgeshire is […]


CoA costs ruling a blow to Jackson reforms, say litigators

The Court of Appeal has allowed a claimant to depart from her stated costs budget in the first case to test budgeting in defamation proceedings. The ruling, handed down by Lord Justice Moore-Bick, has been criticised by litigators who say it is opposed to the reforms put forward by Lord Justice Jackson, which are due […]

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