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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).


Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson J to lead tabloid phone-hacking inquiry

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed appellate judge Lord Justice Leveson to head the public inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed News International. The news comes on the same day that News International’s legal head Tom Crone has parted company with the Rupert Murdoch-owned business (13 July 2011). While the scope of the […]

Samantha Mangwana

RJW promotes six to partner status

Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has promoted six to its partnership, with four made up in the firm’s employment team. In London, Samantha Mangwana, Claire Dawson and Harriet Bowtell have joined the employment partnership, while Jennifer Ainscough has been made up in the Manchester employment team. White collar crime specialist Craig McAdam will become a […]

Charles Martin

Turnover and PEP up at Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has posted is financial results for the 2010-11 financial year, with turnover increasing 2.5 per cent from £92.4m to £94.7m. Partners enjoyed a 6 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP), with the figure up from £710,000 to £752,000. The results make better reading than last year, when the firm posted […]

Mark Dawkins

Dawkins swoop highlights Bingham’s new direction

US firm aims to complement its financial restructuring strength with a serious litigation player in the City. When the news came out two weeks ago (, 27 June) that former Simmons & Simmons managing partner Mark Dawkins was leaving the firm he had run to join Bingham McCutchen, it was widely viewed as a coda […]

Dewey calls up purchaser team for Polish mobile operator sale

Eleven law firms advised on the $6.6bn (£4.1bn) sale of Polkomtel, Poland’s ­second-largest mobile phone network operator, in Europe’s largest leveraged buyout for three years. Dewey & LeBoeuf scored a top role representing purchaser Spartan Capital Holdings, which is controlled indirectly by Polish media tycoon Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, handling both the acquisition and financing for the […]

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