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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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Pinsent Masons continues to lead the way in terms of the number of AIM clients, with DLA Piper and Norton Rose having lost ground since the last quarter. According to the latest data from Hemscott, DLA Piper, which was previously ranked second, has lost three clients over the past three months, while Norton Rose has […]

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The US legal services industry has suffered the first significant year-on-year drop in employment in a decade. The most recent report from the US Bureau of Labour and Data Statistics, published today (Friday 7 November) shows that employment in the sector was down by 1.25 per cent in October 2008 compared with the same month […]

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Lovells wins pro bono rape case

Lovells’ pro bono team has won a landmark case for a rape victim whose accused attacker had his conviction quashed. The accused attacker had tried to win £300,000 in compensation from Lovells’ client, AB. The claimant, Mr Hunt, was convicted of rape by Winchester Crown Court in November 2003 in relation to an incident that […]

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