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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).


Robert Dougans

Bryan Cave promotes nine to partnership, including Robert Dougans

Bryan Cave has promoted nine lawyers to the partnership, with litigator Robert Dougans becoming the only London-based lawyer to join the partnership. Dougans rose to fame in 2009 when he became a poster boy for freedom of speech campaigners. At the time he was instructed to act for science writer Simon Singh in defence of […]


Profit plummets by 42 per cent at Morgan Cole

The top of equity has plummeted from £278,000 to £162,000 at Morgan Cole with the top earner taking home 40 per cent less than last year, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts. The partner with the lowest stake in the equity also saw their profit share dive from £206,000 to £135,000 in 2012/13, a […]

A very happy New Year for City development projects

It’s early days, but so far 2014 looks to be a promising year for London’s planning and real estate lawyers. Just look at Queens Park Rangers’ latest move– trying to score a new 40,000-seat stadium to replace its current 18,000-capacity Loftus Road ground. The football club has signed up Macfarlanes for the bulk of the […]


Moves 13 January

Move of the week David Cubitt has been elected London chief of Osborne Clarke. Cubitt, who has headed the firm’s employment practice for about four years, replaces Andrew Saul, who stepped down from the role after being elected senior partner last month. In taking up the new role, Cubitt will also take a seat on […]

ECJ endorses insured’s freedom of choice

Back in 2011, Walker Morris reported on the High Court cases of Brown-Quinn v Equity and Pine v DAS, which recognised the right of a holder of before-the-event legal expenses insurance to choose its own legal adviser, in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Insurance Companies (Legal Expenses Insurance) Regulations 1990. The European Court of […]

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