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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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Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its IP litigation practice with the hire of Neville Cordell and Huw Evans as partners. Moves of the week They were previously partners at the London offices of DLA Piper and Wragge & Co respectively. A&O head of ­contentious IP Nicola Dagg said: “Their arrival, alongside the promotion of […]

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Canadian shield

Canada’s traditional cautiousness served it well when the crunch hit and its law firms are now taking advantage of their domestic clients’ newfound sense of adventure. As the global economy crashed last year Canada weathered the storm reasonably well. The demise of the US subprime market sparked the collapse of other global markets, with the US itself […]

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Focus: Greenberg Traurig Maher

Finally, Maher gets to run his own show – with his name on the door. The best thing about setting up Greenberg Traurig’s European operation, says Paul Maher, is the ­autonomy. Paul Maher “I’ve got a massive opportunity to start with a blank piece of paper in London,” he declares. “[Greenberg] wanted to do something transformational.” As […]

Tulkinghorn: Trick or treat?

Lovells has long coveted magic circle membership and, while the firm’s not quite there yet, senior ­partner John Young has at least come close. Sadly for Lovells, though, that’s as in the magician’s magic circle rather than the legal one. Never one to shy away from playing pranks at the firm’s London summer party, Young […]

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