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Bill 2: An Act to make Alberta open for business

On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

FCA releases new rules for crowdfunding platforms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

Public law case update

Our latest case update includes five significant cases chosen by the Public Law and Regulation team to highlight important principles or procedural points. These include the importance of disclosure to the principle of open justice, the ability of the Scottish Parliament to make provisions for Scots law after Brexit and whether a legitimate expectation can […]

Canada’s new Trademarks Act: taking advantage of divisional applications, and a caution about the database

After the changes to the Trademarks Act take effect on June 17, applicants will have a new tool for reaching registration efficiently — divisional applications. What are divisional applications? Under the new Act, it will be possible to divide a trademark application, with some goods/services staying in the original application, and some goods/services being removed […]

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Lovells acted for Shaftesbury on its £42.5m purchase of National Magazine House, Carnaby Street, London W1 from Electricity Supply Nominees. The transaction was funded by a rights issue underwritten by Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Jane Rigler, commercial property partner at Lovells, acted on the deal while Eversheds advised Electricity Supply Nominees.

Fried Frank hires top IT lawyer

New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is recruiting the chief technology counsel and senior vice-president of MCI WorldCom. Timothy Casey, who according to the firm is one of the US’s top five technology lawyers, will join Fried Frank as a partner in Washington DC next month. He will boost the firm’s intellectual […]

Sidley & Austin UK loses final telecoms partner

Sidley & Austin has admitted that it has failed to form a telecoms group at its London office after the departure of the group’s only remaining partner in the capital. Communications and internet lawyer Gill Andrews will join Bird & Bird’s IT department after leaving Sidley & Austin. The move comes just two months after […]

Buchanans poaches six partners from rival firm

Leading Philadelphia firm Buchanan Ingersoll is more than doubling the size of its new New York practice by poaching a team of six partners from a rival firm. The team of trademark and finance partners is moving with a group of six associates from New York State firm Harris Beach & Wilcox. Buchanan Ingersoll moved […]

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