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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 […]

Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

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Daniel Holden takes a look at the outstanding PI and medical negligence juniors making a name for themselves in the City sets Many skilled juniors practise in the personal injury field, which attracts work from both London and the regions. But although the list of medical negligence juniors is long, solicitors still consider them to […]

Consulting clerks

Daniel Holden asks clerks which barristers they would cherry-pick for a dream set Each month, The Lawyer asks solicitors to name their barrister dream teams. Solicitors pick the leader and junior, without thought to expense or availability, whom they would want fighting in their corner. But such is the specialism at the personal injury and […]

Protecting those who protect us

Roger Pearson looks at the rights of those working for the emergency services to sue their employers over work-related trauma An Appeal Court ruling has reinforced the rights of police and members of other emergency services to seek damages after witnessing traumatic incidents while at work. The case reinforces the principles established by cases such […]

Norton Rose wins whole Jeantet insurance team

Norton Rose’s Paris office has head-hunted the entire insurance practice of leading Paris firm Jeantet & Associes – rated in the market as one of the best insurance practices in France. Partner Christian Bouckaert leads the five-lawyer team. He will become a partner at Norton Rose along with Jeantet associates Pascal Ormen and Beatrice Haricheaux […]

Meddling with the nation's retirement

New Labour has endangered occupational pension schemes, warns Jane Marshall. Jane Marshall is a partner and head of pensions at Hammond Suddards. The importance of retirement provision has never been more recognised – but are traditional occupational schemes suitable with today’s labour market and work patterns? Pension provision is particularly tax efficient. Contributions paid by […]

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