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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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Online law database on the cards

Elizabeth Davidson reports An exhaustive database of statute and case law could soon be launched on the Internet. Civil servants have been working on plans for the database for the past six years and the government is almost ready to give the go-ahead to put it online. However, it has not yet been decided whether […]

Beach breach of duty

East Sussex County Council is being taken to the High Court by three local authorities in its area in a £1.3m claim over the cost of coastal protection work. Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council are claiming damages for alleged breach of a series of agreements which relate to coastal protection […]

Nacab head is appointed legal watchdog

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, has appointed Ann Abraham, chief executive of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (Nacab), as the new Legal Services Ombudsman. Abraham will take over the post, where she will oversee complaints against members of the legal profession, in September when present Ombudsman Michael Barnes stands down. […]

Hammonds' private client lawyers move to Wrigleys

Hammond Suddards’ five private client fee earners and three support staff are to rejoin their former head Richard Archer at the Leeds office of private client practice Wrigleys. Wrigleys – founded by two Dibb Lupton Broomhead partners a year ago when Dibbs closed down its private client practice – hired Archer, a partner at Hammonds […]

Asim committee to plan for future

The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim) has set up a strategy committee to oversee a three-year business plan. It is the first time that the group has put resources into developing such a plan. The committee will consist of Asim chair Iain Nicholson of Iain Nicholson & Co, vice-chair John Morton of Brachers and […]

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