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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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US merger cashes in on IP boom

THE WORLD’S 18th largest law firm, Californian-based Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, is to swallow up intellectual property specialist Cushman Darby Cushman, based in Washington DC, to become the 10th largest firm in the US. Under an agreement signed by the two firms on 20 June and effective on 1 August, the 65 Cushmans attorneys will […]

In brief: City of London Law Soc supports Mears

The City of London Law Society has spoken out in support of Law Society president Martin Mears’ right to pursue his agenda. The City society’s president, Stuart Beare, said it was concerned about the problems being faced by law firms up and down the country. He said: “Whether or not one agrees with the president’s […]

Firm claims a first in East Europe

Baker & McKenzie has advised on a deal which saw the first Western European company listed on an Eastern European stock exchange. It represented ING Barings and Creditanstaldt Investment Bank as underwriters of a $83 million international offering of shares in Cofinec, a French packaging group. Following the shares sale, Cofinec was admitted to the […]

Making the net work for you

Publishing on the Net is growing at an enormous pace and could prove a valuable way of advertising your firm’s services as well as saving money, reports Chris Davis In Europe, companies spend an estimated 22.5 billion ECU each year on publishing. It is an area that can benefit immensely from using the information superhighway, […]

In brief: London lawyer heads for Bosnia

Partner at London firm Watson Farley & Williams Nick Towle has been appointed to assist the reconstruction of Bosnia’s telecommunications sector. He is believed to be the first English lawyer in private practice to have visited Bosnia since the peace agreement last December. Towle is joining a team of consultants appointed by the European Bank […]

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