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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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A University of Cambridge professor has been appointed as a consultant to the national planning team of Eversheds. Professor Malcolm Grant is the country’s leading authority on planning law and will assist Eversheds in the development of its planning practice. Grant, author of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice – considered by many to […]

Islington claims test case triumph

Robert Lindsay Islington Council is celebrating a landmark House of Lords victory over interest swaps which will see it receive a refund of about £500,000. The Lords last month overturned a 1993 High Court judgment which forced the council to pay compound interest on money received under a swaps agreement with Westdeutsche Landesbank. The ruling […]

High stakes of running a practice in the 1990s

Running a legal practice is an increasingly risky business. Gone are the good old days, when entry into the legal profession meant a secure and fulfilling career. When partners were partners for life and profitability was assured. When firms could practise in peace without the serious threat of competition or the need to win market […]

Labour barrister settles libel action

LIZ DAVIES, the left-wing Labour councillor and barrister who was rejected as a parliamentary candidate by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) last September, has accepted an undisclosed but “modest” libel payout along with a public apology from the Financial Times. Solicitor Keith Schilling, acting for Davies, told Mr Justice French that Davies, an […]

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