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Canada: new occupational health and safety act expands scope of employer duties

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the expansion of the types of entities that have […]

Use of injunction in modern trespass cases

By Leanne Norton and Lucy Shepherd In two recent cases of trespass, injunctions have been the preferred remedy rather than possession. An injunction is a court order that requires a party to do a specific act, or to refrain from doing a specific act. Injunctions are a discretionary remedy and an interim injunction might be […]

Adjudication watch June 2018: what you need to know

In this latest ‘Adjudication Watch’ our construction team provides updates on significant adjudication decisions: Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Building Ltd (formerly known as Galliford Try Construction Ltd) [2017] Christopher Linnett Ltd and Mr Christopher Linnett v Matthew J Harding [2017] Baldwin and another v J R Pickstock Ltd [2017] Victory House General Partner […]

Messi scores important victory in longrunning EU trademark dispute

The General Court of the European Union ruled that the Barcelona and Argentina football star Lionel Andrés Messi, can register his European Union trade mark (EUTM) application for ‘MESSI’ in classes 3, 9, 14, 16, 25 and 28 (covering a wide range of products including fragrances, jewellery, clothing and sports equipment) notwithstanding an opposition led […]

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Ian Dove QC and Nina Pindham of No5 retain planning permission in Exeter

Ian Dove QC and Nina Pindham have helped Dart Properties to successfully retain its planning permission for land at Seabrook Orchards as Dukeminster’s appeal against this permission is dismissed. Dart Properties was granted planning permission in October 2013 to develop up to 700 dwellings and other buildings within the area. The claimant, Dukeminster, sought to challenge the […]

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Public sector roundtable: Authority figures

Facing a barrage of swingeing spending cuts, local government lawyers are adamant they will emerge stronger than ever The role of the UK’s public sector lawyer is about to change. Instead of bemoaning further cuts in spending – the deepest faced by British public services in more than 60 years – local authority legal teams […]

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Commercial court costs budgeting to be raised to £10m

The £2m cost budgeting threshold for commercial cases in the UK courts has been raised to £10m, bringing a raft of civil cases under stricter budgeting measures. Following the year-long review of civil litigation costs by Lord Justice Jackson in 2010 a budgeting regime was introduced for cases valued under £2m across the Chancery, Mercantile […]

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Trowers makes up smallest partner round in four years

Trowers & Hamlins has made its smallest promotions round in four years, making up four partners, down from seven the year before. It is a marked decrease on a high of 11 in 2012, when seven London partners were made up as well as one in the Middle East and Manchester (27 March 2012). The firm […]

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High Court upholds Withers prof neg claim, appeal planned

Withers is set to launch an appeal after being ordered to pay £1.6m in damages by the High Court. Mr Justice Nugee upheld one of four professional negligence claims against the firm, holding that an associate was ruled to have “misremembered what he had been instructed” or “misunderstood an instruction” when drafting an LLP agreement. […]

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