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UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

Executors may not realise they have an income tax liability

By Dominic Cole The Telegraph reports this morning that many executors are not aware that they are liable to pay taxes on income produced by estate assets during the administration period. Executors are personally liable to pay the tax and therefore, if they distribute the whole estate thinking there is nothing else to pay, they may […]

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Firms reject implant claims

FIRMS acting for claimants against the makers of silicone gel breast implants have hit back at plastic surgeons who accused them of initiating unnecessary litigation. The consultant behind a study which failed to prove any link between the implants and increased risk of cancer, said matters had been “all blown up out of proportion by […]

A positive career move

LEGAL bodies are continuing to recommend local government as a career path to lawyers, despite the current controversy over reorganisation, and the nearing start date for compulsory competitive tendering. Lawyers across the public and private sectors believe the benefits of a career in local authority still outweigh the disadvantages, with the rights of audience available […]

Support grows for Addison

THE CROWN Prosecution Service is facing a growing storm of protest and a possible civil action over the suspension of Neil Addison, a senior Crown prosecutor and Bar Council member. The Bar Council and leading public sector lawyers are supporting Addison, who was suspended last month for writing newspaper articles on Bar matters. They have […]

Northern Ireland's ploughshare option

“IF terrorism is taken out of the equation, then we must do better,” commented one Northern Irish lawyer of last week’s momentous events. The axiomatic quality of his statement, is tempered by the conditional. False dawns aplenty have broken. But doing better will mean significant changes for the legal community, which has often had its […]

Law Society to iron out qualifications

THE hotch-potch of courses available to para-legals has prompted the Law Society to work towards its own qualifications for solicitors’ staff. A questionnaire is being sent out to practitioners to identify areas to be tested. The idea is to develop a recognised training programme within the framework of National Vocational Qualifications to ensure standards are […]

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