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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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HR survey: Manches

HR headLynne Harris. Trainee retention rate 80 per cent. Assistant attrition rate12 per cent. Salary rangeNQ – £43,000;Senior associate – £75,800. BonusesAvailable to fee-earners annually, paid in three instalments and determined by individual and group targets. Training Internal training and external courses available. AppraisalsFormal annual appraisals. Appraisee fills out standard form relating to performance. Discussion […]

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This was the year of the mid-size. When Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) released its 40 per cent profits hike in May, some thought it was a blip. It wasn’t. The Lawyer’s top 50 is a preview of The Lawyer UK100, out in September. Most figures are still provisional at this stage, so readers should refer […]

Cobbetts merges with Wilbrahams in Leeds

Cobbetts has announced its third merger in just eight months. The firm is set to join up with Leeds-based planning boutique Wilbraham & Co on 1 September. The move follows Cobbetts’ mergers with Birmingham’s Lee Crowder in May and with Fox Brooks Marshall in Manchester last November. Wilbrahams’ five partners will all enter Cobbetts’ equity, […]

MCI gets its man for EMEA post

Recovering telecoms giant MCI has finally appointed a new general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 10 months after former chief Stuart Blythe left for Viatel. Xavier Dedullen, the general counsel of Carrier1 International, will take charge of a legal team that has been decimated by recent departures. Acting legal head and […]

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