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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).



Blackstone silk loses Supreme Court asbestos case

The Supreme Court has ruled that people in Scotland who have been affected by the asbestos related condition pleural plaques have the right to compensation. Axa General Insurance brought the legal challenge over the Scottish government’s decision to give backdated compensation to individuals who have pleural plaques as a result of asbestos exposure. Blackstone Chambers’ […]

Sir David Steel

Quadrant launches arbitration team as Steel J returns to bar

Quadrant Chambers is to launch an arbitration division with the appointment of retired High Court judge Sir David Steel. Steel was appointed to the bench in 1999 after a stint as head of Quadrant, which was then known as 2-4 Essex Court. He last week retired from his position as an admiralty judge and joined […]

Beachcroft-DAC tie-up halts trainee intakes

Beachcroft and Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) have both put their trainee recruitment schemes on hold indefinitely just before their merger goes live on 1 November. After the merger the combined firm will make a decision about the future of its graduate recruitment campaign. A Beachcroft spokesperson said: “Our training contract recruitment process is currently on hold […]

Baroness Hale

Lady Hale leads panel making feminist readings of court judgments

A panel of distinguished female lawyers and legal scholars gathered at Norton Rose’s InterLaw Diversity Forum event on Thursday 13 October to discuss judgments from a feminist lawyer’s point of view. The event coincided with the recent launch of Norton Rose’s women’s legal network and focused on the core findings of the book Feminist Judgments, […]

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