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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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Haarmaan Hemmelrath opens in London

Two existing Haarmaan partners – Claus Kohler and Norbert Jakobs – will transfer from the firm’s German offices to join four British partners to form the start-up team. Haarmaan is currently refusing to name the four UK lawyers due to “existing contractual obligations” but says all are drawn from “leading UK firms or Chambers”. The […]

Red faces as CC cries Wolfgang

Bringing together two law firms in different countries is not an easy job – so a few hiccups are to be expected, especially, it seems, when it comes to learning foreign names. For example, a Wolfgang in a London office would stand out like a sore thumb. So Clifford Chance could be forgiven for mixing […]

Scottish legal aid system breaches human rights

The Scottish legal aid system breaches European law and the human rights convention on , a court has ruled. In a test case, Fort William Sheriff, Colin McKay ruled that two Mallaig fishermen could not receive a fair trial because the £500 cap on legal aid fees in Scotland limited their access to justice. The […]

TSG claims fees used to save OSS

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) is accusing the Law Society of reneging on a promise not to profit from students and instead using their surpluses to help bail out the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). The TSG claims the Society receives nearly £1.5m a year from students on the Legal Practice Course. Each […]

Is there a lawyer in the house?

Investment bank JP Morgan’s in-house legal team has suffered three high-profile departures in five months. Barbara Jones is quitting her post as regional counsel for capital markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Allen Hanen, once the US investment bank’s head of legal for the same region, has also gone. And Jim Wickenden has left […]

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