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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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Halifax web bank takes on director

Intelligent Finance, Halifax’s spin-off telephone and internet bank, which is based in Edinburgh, has appointed Roddy Garden as director of legal and compliance. Garden formerly headed the bank’s legal team and his new position reflects the increased regulatory compliance work undertaken by financial institutions.He said: “I’m delighted to be joining the executive team at Intelligent […]

Watson Burton boosts private client

Watson Burton has merged with private client practice Kris Andersen, bolstering its capability in this practice area. Kris Andersen, who left Eversheds two years ago to form his own private client specialist firm, has joined Watson Burton as a partner and will head the new group.Andersen said: “I’ve enjoyed the freedom of practising on my […]

Home Office senior lawyer joins Liberty

Human rights organisation Liberty has lured Shami Chakrabarti from the Home Office to a newly-created role as in-house counsel for its legal department. She will take up her new position in the autumn.Chakrabarti said: “I was fortunate enough to work in the Home Office at an interesting and important time for human rights, and look […]

Law Society ditches equal opportunities committee

As Bahl wins discrimination case, committee is dropped to save cash The Law Society, which was last week found guilty of sexual and racial discrimination against former vice-president Kamlesh Bahl, intends to abolish its equal opportunities committee.Last Thursday (5 July), an employment tribunal in Watford found that Bahl was racially and sexually discriminated against by […]

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