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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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The London office of Mayer Brown has advised on a $4.2bn merger that has created a new oil and gas vehicle for former BP chief executive Tony Hayward. Hayward, who was famously quoted saying he wanted his life back after BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil, is to be chief executive officer of Genel Energy, the […]

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US litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has thrown down the gauntlet to rivals, including Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, after securing a second silk for its London office. Jalil Asif QC, who is well-known for his professional negligence work, will join the firm’s City base ­tomorrow (6 September) from 4 New Square, where he has spent the past […]

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Firms set to pick up work as Libya picks up pieces

As Libya ponders its future, international law firms look set to become increasingly active in the country’s economic and political landscape. Frozen assets held around the globe by the Gaddafi regime are gradually ­trickling through to Libya and firms with presences in North Africa are considering how they could play a role in shaping the country’s future. […]

London councils in redundancy talks as legal tie-up takes shape

The London Boroughs of Merton and Richmond- upon-Thames have entered into redundancy talks with their legal staff as part of the ongoing merger between the two councils’ legal departments. A spokeswoman for both councils confirmed a wave of redundancies was in progress, but said it was too early to say how many jobs will be […]

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