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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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Linklaters has scored two deals on groundbreaking covenant-lite transactions in Europe. The firm is advising underwriters and arrangers JPMorgan for private equity firm Apax Partners’ proposed acquisition of a 49.9 per cent stake in Trader Media Investments from Guardian Media Group. Covenant-lite refers to transactions that do not include the traditional financial covenants, typical of […]

Falconer bags top job at new Ministry of Justice

Lord Falconer has been unveiled as the UK’s first secretary of state for Justice. Falconer, who was also the first-ever secretary of state for the department of constitutional affairs said he was honoured that he has been chosen for the task. “It makes sense to bring under one roof everyone looking after the criminal and […]

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