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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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Baker & McKenzie and White & Case have secured victory for Japanese technology giants Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba in a series of price-fixing cases before the EU General Court. In judgments handed down earlier this week, the court overturned fines of €118.6m and €90.9m respectively against the two companies. The fines had been imposed by […]

Brown Rudnick beefs up London insolvency with Chadbourne hire

Brown Rudnick has hired insolvency partner Adrian Harris from Chadbourne & Parke for its City office. Harris, who has a strong focus on the hedge funds sector and emerging markets, joins the firm’s European bankruptcy and corporate restructuring group. He is Brown Rudnick’s third lateral hire since June, with Ashurst structured funds head Nick Terras […]

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Outer Temple becomes Bloomsbury set

Last month Outer Temple Chambers’ Michael Bowes QC appeared for the prosecution in one of the highest-profile murder cases of the year, the ’hair in hand murder’. Italian Danilo Restivo was given a life sentence after he was found guilty of killing a Bournemouth mother and leaving a lock of someone else’s hair in her […]

High Court judge returns to Maitland

Lincoln’s Inn set Maitland Chambers has added former High Court judge Sir William Blackburne QC to its membership roster as a door tenant. Blackburne joined the Chancery Bench in 1993 from 13 Old Square, which later evolved into Maitland. He was involved in one of the highest-profile cases of 2005 when he was selected to […]

A&O’s senior moment

Firms that grapple with the distinction between senior and managing partner roles should look to Allen & Overy for the definitive answer. As the magic circle firm knows, while managing partners should deal with tough stuff like firm restructurings and remuneration policy, for senior partners the focus ought to be on the ’softer’ side of […]

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