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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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Supreme Court overleaps Lords with avowals of better value, transparency

From October this year the Supreme Court will replace the House of Lords as the highest court in ­England and Wales. The ;12 ;Law ;Lords, ­headed by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, will become the first justices of the Supreme Court ;when ;the ;new ­institution is inaugurated. It is due to open at the former […]

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Brit paralegal leaves for internship on US death row

A would-be lawyer is about to swap life at a corporate law firm for one working with prisoners on death row after securing an internship with pro bono charity Amicus. Former law student Duncan Jones, who is currently working as a paralegal at Norwich law firm Howes Percival, will in March take up a post […]

McClure Naismith makes real estate hire

Former DLA Piper ­Glasgow partner David Thomson has joined the real estate practice at Scottish firm McClure Naismith. Former ;DLA ;Piper ­Glasgow partner David Thomson has joined the real estate practice at Scottish firm McClure Naismith. Thomson was one of a series of property partners to depart DLA Piper in ­Scotland last year. He exited the firm […]

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Halliwells uses assets as security on RBS loan

Halliwells could see its bank move in and seize its assets in the event of financial difficulties under the terms of a debenture agreement signed with Royal Bank of Scotland. According to a debenture filed with Companies House at the end of last year the firm’s property, fixtures and fittings, LLP goodwill and IP are […]

Freshfields scoops British Land issue

reshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised British Land on its £740m rights issue. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised British Land on its £740m rights issue. The company said the issue would bolster its balance sheet, but the move sent share prices in the property sector tumbling. Freshfields corporate partners Julian Long and Sarah Murphy led the team, while […]

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