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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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In brief: The Environmental Law Foundation

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Councils failing their tenants

Your 18 January edition carried an article, “A system in disrepair” in which various council chiefs and lawyers complained that solicitors specialising in tenant housing disrepair work enable their clients to unfairly jump the repairs queue. Our local newspaper recently reported the case of a tenant who has had to live in sub-standard housing for […]

Carter-Ruck in fee crisis

LEADING libel lawyer Peter Carter-Ruck of Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners is facing a bill of tens of thousands of pounds for legal fees after failing to resolve a dispute with his own partners. The dispute arose when 84-year-old Carter-Ruck found his name listed as “founder and consultant”, not “senior partner”, on the firm’s letterheads, and […]

Chequered history of the OSS

THE OFFICE for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) has had a troubled history. It formed in 1996 as a replacement for the much-maligned Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau (SCB). Critics called the OSS: “The same leopard with the same spots.” The OSS receives about 40,000-plus complaints a year and has a backlog of 5,000 case files. There […]

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