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Government consults on changes to food allergen labelling

Working together, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Food Standards Agency have issued a consultation on proposed changes to food allergen labelling in order to enable consumers to be provided with the information they need to make safe food choices.

New Canadian temporary immigration options under the CPTPP

The purpose of the CPTPP is to facilitate market access, investment opportunities and trade amongst the parties. Of interest from an immigration standpoint, the CPTPP contains new temporary immigration options for citizens of member countries. From a Canadian perspective, the immigration provisions are aimed at increasing opportunities to support economic growth for Canadians and Canadian […]

Cryptocurrency in Romania. A go or a no-go?

In Romania, authorities are yet to create the legal framework that would regulate the taxation of activities related to cryptocurrency. This legislative gap leaves plenty of room for tax avoidance, as even the most well-intentioned taxpayers lack the tools to understand what taxes they need to pay in relation to their cryptocurrency trading. What are […]

Discussing aboriginal law in Canada with Best Lawyers

This article was originally published in Best Lawyers and has been republished with permission. Jaimie Lickers and Maxime Faille, attorneys specializing in Aboriginal Law at Gowling WLG in Canada, discuss the changing national attitude to Indigenous people’s history across the country and their firm’s significant cases in 2017 and 2018.

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Two English judges, Lord Hoffmann and Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, featured in a list of 33 judicial appointments announced by the Hong Kong government last week. Lord Hoffman and Lord Nicholls were appointed as non-permanent judges of the Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Their appointment follows an agreement in September by the Lord Chancellor, […]

Advertise the caring face of the profession

The legal profession should shout about its pro bono work from the highest hill rather than allowing only the bad aspects to be publicised, says Tony Michaelson-Yeates. Tony Michaelson-Yeates is a solicitor. Only two weeks after Peta Sweet, the director of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), attended a conference of the Yorkshire Union of […]

Assistant solicitors air their disquiet

US firms will be pretty pleased with the results of the ZMB/The Times survey. It reveals, among other things, that more than one in three assistants planning to change jobs in the next year would consider moving to a US firm. Not only that, but these same assistants are more interested in the reputation of […]

In brief: First head of national business for Pinsents

Pinsent Curtis, which has offices in Birmingham, Leeds and London, has appointed Philip O’Connor as its first national head of business development. O’Connor joins from Boeing in the US, and previously worked for Continental Oil, Rank Xerox and Ernst & Young in senior sales and marketing positions.

Set to run advocacy courses for cash-strapped solicitors

Verulam Chambers is to launch a pioneering advocacy training programme for solicitors and pupils. The courses, beginning in October, will be run by two of the chambers’ tenants, Elissa Da Costa and Society of Asian Lawyers chairman Sailesh Mehta, who say the demand for the courses has come mainly from their solicitor clients. They will […]

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