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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).


Firms enter three-way Russian IPO battle

Ashurst, Linklaters and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are battling it out to advise newly merged Russian aluminium giants Rusal and Sual on the merged entity’s proposed London listing. The battle follows the three firms’ plum roles on the $30bn (£16.15bn) tripartite merger of Rusal, domestic rival Sual and Swiss commodities trader Glencore’s alumina business, announced […]

Northern light

Northern Ireland has come of age. As it prospers beyond recognition, Patrick Fleming looks at how public sector infrastructure is benefiting As recently as the mid-1990s, the pace of economic growth in Northern Ireland was negligible. Decades of civil unrest and failed peace talks discouraged the private sector from investing, while the public sector spent […]

CC and Pinsents negotiate Wembley-Multiplex truce

Clifford Chance and Pinsent Masons have helped negotiate an end to the bitter dispute between Multiplex and The FA subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) that will allow the ground to open in 2007. Clifford Chance litigation partner Alex Panayides advised Multiplex in its negotiations with WNSL and The FA. Panayides had earlier advised Multiplex […]

Bids flow in as UK water companies become the world’s hottest property

The Gulf, Australia and Canada can’t get enough of the UK’s water companies. By Caroline Binham They are low-risk, they are regulated and, most importantly, they are boasting threefold increases in profit over the past year. It is no wonder that bidders are scrambling to buy the UK’s water companies. It started with a trickle, […]

Law schools boost pro bono projects

More than half the nation’s law schools are now involved in pro bono work, new research reveals. A survey conducted by LawWorks, formerly known as the Solicitors Pro Bono Group, shows that 53 per cent of UK law schools now run pro bono projects. A further 12 per cent of schools are due to launch […]

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