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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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Tax plan gets thumbs down

Details of deals should be sent to the City editor, Robert Lindsay. Please include all other law firms acting on deals and the value, where possible. Tax lawyers are expressing deep scepticism about Gordon Brown’s announcement in the Budget that he has instructed the Inland Revenue to “consider a general anti-avoidance rule”. The idea is […]

Eversheds switches focus to dispute management

National firm Eversheds has launched a dispute management service in a bid to convert its lawyers from court-based litigators to flexible dispute managers. Under the plans, all lawyers working for the firm will receive training in how to apply the new approach to their work. The move follows SJ Berwin & Co’s launch of its […]

NI solicitors win legal aid pay rise

Solicitors in Northern Ireland are celebrating an increase in taxation rates for legal aid cases, following a long and hard-fought battle to bring their rates of pay more into line with those in England. The High Court last month increased the hourly rate for legal aid taxation to £61.50 – a rise of 35 per […]

Council audits in-house cover

Chris Fogarty reports Westminster City Council has undertaken an audit of outside organisations that councillors and senior staff members belong to in a bid to ensure they are legally protected from liability claims. The council has issued a questionnaire to about 120 councillors and senior staff to uncover their involvement in companies, trusts and other […]

In brief: Dibbs' Liverpool office set to expand

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Liverpool office is branching out into corporate recovery and mainstream defendant insurance work, as part of an office expansion programme. Insurance specialist Robert Muttock, corporate recovery lawyer Richard Drinkwater and professional indemnity specialist Andrew MacLeod have moved to Liverpool from the firm’s Manchester office. Dibbs has also recruited intellectual property specialist Julian […]

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