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Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

Executors may not realise they have an income tax liability

By Dominic Cole The Telegraph reports this morning that many executors are not aware that they are liable to pay taxes on income produced by estate assets during the administration period. Executors are personally liable to pay the tax and therefore, if they distribute the whole estate thinking there is nothing else to pay, they may […]

Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

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Arthur Cox appoints new managing partner

McCague replaces Ian Scott who will resume practice within the firm as a partner in the industrial and commercial property department. McCague has been with Arthur Cox for ten years. The 38-partner firm has offices in Dublin, Belfast and New York. Chairman, James O’Dwyer says: “Eugene is taking over from Ian at a stage when […]

Carter-Ruck calls for libel reform

Speaking at a seminar in Disneyland where the senior consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners went head-to-head with Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop, he said: “I think it is scandalous there is no legal aid for defamation. “Why should a person of means be able to sue while someone who could be out of a […]

Deacons team quits to join PwC Legal’s employment law group

Top 10 Australian firm Deacons has been rocked by the departure of its national head of workplace relations, along with his team and a number of clients. Ross Levin is quitting to join Pricewaterhouse Coopers Legal as a partner in the employment law group. The four-strong team will be based in the Melbourne office. Levin, […]

Leaving the law

A career in law no longer has to be a career in life and Sidley & Austin’s Robert Plehn is the latest to leave his comfortable partnership for a new start. Abigail Townsend reports

Lord Chancellor slams legal aid lawyers

Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs select committee, Lord Irvine said that lawyers ” cannot go on living their lives being paid by the hour on a taxi meter”. He said it is “pretty outrageous” that criminal legal aid cases swallowed up 46 per cent of the legal aid budget and sent an ominous […]

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