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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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IBM chairman takes post at Beauchamps

Dublin-based Beauchamps is restructuring itself along corporate lines as it recruits its first non-lawyer company chairman. Tom Hardiman, currently chairman of IBM International Treasury Services Compa ny and the National Institute for Technology Management, will take on the managerial role. Hardiman’s remit is to develop a commercially-orientated approach to business for the firm. Hardiman has […]

OFT investigatory powers prompt Transco to launch regional panel

Transco is setting up a regional panel to deal with the new investigatory powers of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) under the recently introduced Competition Act 1998. Under the act, which was brought into force on 1 March 2000, the director general of the OFT has powers to investigate suspected breaches. Under these powers, […]

Brief encounter: henmans

For a small regional firm, Oxford-based Henmans enjoys strong brand recognition. Not surprising really, given that the managing partner’s son is none other than tennis star Tim Henman. The firm itself has enjoyed its greatest successes in professional indemnity, most recently retaining its place on the panel of Hiscox, one of the largest Lloyd’s syndicates. […]

ING hacks in-house team

ING Barings is radically restructuring its legal department and making a raft of redundancies, including laying off the global head of legal and compliance. As part of a group-wide reorganisation, Ian Kellow, who is also managing director and general counsel, will be out of a job from April. As many as eight other roles in […]

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