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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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New York firms falter out west

New York law firms are failing to make it in the Los Angeles market, says a report by by the National Law Journal in the US. The survey found that of the 25 largest New York firms to set up offices on the west coast in the mid to late 1980s, a third have since […]

City firms advise on £1.9bn power sale

Allen & Overy, Norton Rose and Linklaters & Alliance have completed work on US power company AES’ £1.9bn acquisition of the Drax power station from National Power. A&O acted for the lead loan arrangers, The Chase Manhattan Bank, the London branch of Deutsche Bank AG, and Industrial Bank of Japan on the deal, which was […]

Baker & McKenzie tops finance table

Baker & McKenzie has overtaken Clifford Chance on a table of privately-financed infrastructure deals that were completed over the last 12 months. It handled projects worth u116bn in comparison to Clifford Chance’s u100bn, according to a survey by the publishers of Privatisation International. In 1997/98, Baker & McKenzie dealt with u110bn worth of these transactions, […]

Clifford Chance appoints Frenchman as Paris head

Clifford Chance has appointed leading media and sports partner Yves Wehrli as managing partner of its Paris office. He is the first Frenchman to head the office, which he says shows the development of the local practice. “I think the aim has been to amplify the French side as much as possible,” he says. “We […]

Flotations & Financing

Pinsent Curtis represented Royal Bank Development Capital (RBDC) on its £54m investment in the £92m management offer for Wyko Group. Paul Harkin and Andrew Eastgate, both corporate partners at Pinsents, were part of the team. The Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland, which formed a syndicate to provide senior debt and working capital […]

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