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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 […]

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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…

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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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Teleworking increases productivity and profitability and is the way forward for law firms, according to Christopher Davis, chief executive of City firm Davis & Co. Speaking at the Telework UK ’96 conference in Docklands in November, Davis said teleworking was a key factor in reducing overheads because it liberates firms from the need for expensive […]

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Lawyers in the Netherlands are facing a new threat to their livelihood as the country’s accountants step up their fight for a chunk of the legal services market. Two accountancy firms, Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen, have begun court action against the Dutch Bar Association over its rules on multi-disciplinary partnerships. Meanwhile, Price Waterhouse has […]

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It is more than a century since the Courts of Common Law and Equity were merged but as far as the organisation of the High Court is concerned that merger might never have happened. The division of functions between the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Division is still based on historical factors rather than logic and […]

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