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Bill 2: An Act to make Alberta open for business

On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

FCA releases new rules for crowdfunding platforms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

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After the changes to the Trademarks Act take effect on June 17, applicants will have a new tool for reaching registration efficiently — divisional applications. What are divisional applications? Under the new Act, it will be possible to divide a trademark application, with some goods/services staying in the original application, and some goods/services being removed […]

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Some law firms have embraced financial services head on and applied to the Bank of England to become licensed deposit-takers. One such firm is Batten & Co, a 300-year-old family practice based in Yeovil, Somerset, which specialises in private client and commercial work. The firm itself does not have a deposit-taking licence. The licence belongs […]

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Bryan Roger Lizzimore, 43, admitted 1975, practised as Lizzimore Braithwaites, London, struck off and ordered to pay £4,418 costs. Allegations substantiated he: failed to honour terms of undertaking; was guilty of unreasonable delay or failure to act with reasonable expedition over client affairs, forwarding of former client papers to new solicitors and replying to correspondence […]

Law Society backs tenants over claims

TENANTS fighting disrepair cases should be exempted from January’s increase in the small claims limit to £3,000, says the Law Society. The Lord Chancellor’s decision to increase the limit in line with Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice report has met with lukewarm response from Chancery Lane. Suzanne Burn, secretary of the civil litigation committee, said […]

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