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New opportunity for permanent residency in Alberta

By Krista Schofer The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) recently announced highly anticipated changes to its permanent residency program. Effective June 14, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available as a potential path to permanent residency in the province. The AOS replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream under the AINP. The AOS […]

Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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SPG vice-chair gives franchising his vote

SOLE practitioners are better placed to win franchises than the larger law firms, a leading figure in the Sole Practitioners Group has claimed. A distinctly pro-franchising stance has been adopted by John Lymbury, vice-chair of the SPG, whose Nottingham firm is in the process of applying for a franchise. Lymbury, who also supports the Law […]

National versus regional in the American fees battle

If cost-cutting is the order of the day in the legal world, many US general counsel have not heard it. Instead they say they are consolidating business to fewer law firms, requiring firms to budget on projects, focusing on stronger relationships with those firms and spending their legal dollars more wisely than in past years. […]

Wrong answer, wrong question

‘Mears takes up Rights of Audience Gauntlet’ (The Lawyer 6 February) is the latest round in the seemingly endless Bar Wars between solicitors and barristers. City firms are still complaining that the rules for solicitors to qualify as advocates are too restrictive and Mr Mears wants a “level playing field” with the Bar. These attempts […]

Financings

Ashurst Morris Crisp is acting for NationsBank Corporation in connection with the waiver of its option rights and rights of pre-emption in relation to the recommended cash offer to be made by National Westminster Bank for the entire issued share capital of Gartmore, valuing Gartmore at £472 million. NatWest was represented by Linklaters & Paines, […]

In brief: Law firm management conference

Delegates at a conference on law firm management will look at the workings of the new Price Waterhouse legal practice. Among other speakers at ‘Radically Reshaping Management’, being held in London in May, will be Chris Arnheim, a former partner at Hammond Suddards and founding partner of Arnheim & Co, the UK member of a […]

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