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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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Sydney firms get chance to float on stock market

The Australian legal market is facing a radical over-haul that will allow firms to abolish traditional partnership structures and float on the stock market. The New South Wales Law Society, which regulates Sydney firms, is expected to introduce new rules this week. They will allow firms to incorporate share profits with other professionals and raise […]

Freshfields merges with German firm

Partners at Freshfields and German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund have voted for a merger. The union will create a 267-partner firm to come into effect in January 2000, five months earlier than expected. The firms have been in a loose alliance since January 1998. Freshfields’ senior partner Anthony Salz says: “After a period […]

Time to call time on licensing laws?

David Young, partner, Eversheds Elizabeth Southorn, head of licensing unit, Richards Butler Peter Glazebrook, partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse The Home Office is under increased pressure from the drinks industry to review proposals on liquor licensing laws. A group of trade bodies representing the industry presented a list of proposed changes to the Home Office last […]

Slaughters advises on Barings damages claim

A trial date has been set for the Barings case in which the former bank is seeking damages of u1bn from its auditors. The case will take place in early 2001 at London’s High Court, five years after the bank collapsed with losses of u860m run up by rogue trader Nick Leeson. Michael Brindle QC […]

A strategy which robs Peter to pay Paul

CMS Cameron McKenna is to be applauded for its plans to abolish the distinction between junior and senior equity partners. It is a courageous step by a firm which has hitherto been regarded as having an unremarkable approach to law firm management. Cameron McKenna risks losing high-profile senior equity partners because of the move. However, […]

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