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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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Top 30 Northern Ireland law firms

Northern Irish firms have not expanded at the rate of their Dublin colleagues, but the outlook is good provided that the new political accommodation goes according to plan. In terms of growth, Belfast firm Madden & Finucane has moved to the number one slot. The firm, which represented Sinn Fein in the recent political negotiations, […]

Health care rights

The Council of Europe, the umbrella organisation containing the European Court of Human Rights, publishes The human rights, ethical and moral dimensions of health care, in June. It aims to be a guide to the rights of patients, patients’ families, doctors, nurses and carers, through precedents set in 120 case studies.

In brief: CJD victims' families win right to sue for £1m

The families of eight people who contracted CJD from a contaminated human growth hormone have won the right to sue the Government for compensation of more than £1m. One of the mothers, Maureen Newman, said she would not have been able to fight the case without legal aid.

Loeff Claeys Verbeke opens in London

Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke plans to open a London office by 1 September. Sietze Hepkema, the firm’s spokesperson, said the office, to be based in the City and staffed by two partners and four associates, would be “independent” of six-year alliance partner Allen & Overy. But Hepkema said there were no plans for the […]

Reform on the road to peace

A review of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland is central to a lasting peace settlement, reports Fiona Doherty. Fiona Doherty is a barrister. The recent history of Northern Ireland has spawned a legacy of distrust and injustice on all sides. In this context there can be no more urgent mission than the review […]

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