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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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Links soldiers on in US flatlands

Stagnant US turnover fails to dissuade UK giant from trying to plunder American riches While Linklaters’ global revenue fell by 8 per cent in 2009-10, its US turnover remained flat at around £70m, according to the firm’s US co-managing partner Larry Byrne. The US market has been a ­notoriously tough nut to crack for the […]

Greed is good?

The news reported exclusively today by The Lawyer that the top 30 largest UK law firms saw their total revenue fall by half a billion pounds last year has unleashed a storm of protest on our website. In particular it’s the additional twist that, for many firms, average partner profits rebounded sharply last year. In […]

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Links and Slaughters advise on Diageo’s liquid pension strategy

Linklaters and ­Slaughter and May and have advised on an innovative deal that will see drinks company Diageo use maturing whisky to help plug its £862m pension deficit. The company turned to longstanding adviser Slaughters on the deal, which will see more than £500m worth of the spirit placed into a pension ­funding vehicle. The firm’s finance deputy […]

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2Birds posts record turnover, PEP continues to fall

Bird & Bird has broken through the £200m revenue barrier for the first time, posting a total turnover of £201.8m for the 2009-10 financial year. The 10 per cent rise in turnover, up from Bird & Bird’s audited total revenue of £184m in 2008-09, contrasts with the firm’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure, […]

Eversheds, Hogan Lovells, Links capture prison PFI instructions

Eversheds, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have acted on the £415m ­Belmarsh West Prison PFI ahead of Government plans to cut the £4bn prisons budget. The deal, which was signed last week, is the first to be awarded to an alliance of private and voluntary ­sectors. The Serco-led ­consortium, advised by Hogan Lovells, also ­included voluntary organisations Turning Point and Catch22. Construction work on the Category B prison, […]

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