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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).

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South London Legal Partnership confirms trainee scheme days after official merger

The South London Legal Partnership (SLLP), which opened earlier this week following the merger of London’s Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond legal teams, is to launch its own trainee scheme.  Merton, which merged its legal capability with Richmond in 2011 (28 February 2011), is hosting the trainee programme and the 90-strong shared service, believed to […]

Stewarts’ Marathon man

Year by year the London Marathon demonstrates triumph over adversity. And it doesn’t come much more adverse than this. As we report today, a trainee lawyer who also happens to be quadriplegic is taking the organisers of the London Marathon to court over their refusal to allow him entry because of his need to use […]

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The China paradox

Vinson & Elkins closing in Shanghai shows China is not a bottomless goldmine after all. Will it be a graveyard for Western ambitions? Five years ago, a Chinese firm that had 650 lawyers and an annual turnover of RMB1bn ($142m) decided to think big. It set out to make a splash, tying up with an […]

Conyers advises AVIC International Finance & Investment Company on $500m bond issue

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided British Virgin Islands legal advice in connection with the issue of $300m (£185m) 4.75 per cent guaranteed bonds due in 2018 and $2m (£123.5m) six per cent guaranteed bonds due in 2023 by AVIC International Finance & Investment Company and guaranteed by AVIC International Holding Corporation. AVIC International Holding Corporation is an importer and exporter […]

Fresh fields and pastures new

Freshfields CEO Ted Burke is stepping down from the firm in order to join a client. During his eight-year tenure the firm went through a bruising partnership restructure to emerge one of the fittest of the magic circle. For more on Burke’s career, read the links below. Freshfields’ election: the more things change, the more […]

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