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Licensing news England and Wales – June 2019

By Piers Warne This month in summary London Mayoral response to the Recommendations of the London Night Time Commission released ‘Slip Rules’: minor administrative faults don’t immediately invalidate applications Key Events: Notifications required by the Gambling Commission Listen to our employment law podcast

Licensing news Scotland – June 2019

By Stephen McGowan This month in summary: Top Licensing Tip: Check your DPM’s personal licence to avoid alcohol sales ban Government consults on Occasional Licences Glasgow Council to appoint Night Time Mayor/Tsar Importance of remembering to notify Gambling Commission of key events Consultation launched on future policy development for Sexual Entertainment Venues in Glasgow Listen to our new […]

Constitutional Tribunal finds undertakings have right to appeal against consent to conduct searches

The Constitutional Tribunal recently analysed regulations regarding dawn raids carried out by the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) and ruled that the respective law is not in line with the Constitution insofar as it excludes the possibility to challenge rulings allowing searches to be conducted. Facts After receiving consent to search from the […]

Austria: Genome Editing – CRISPR/Cas9

By Veronika Wolfbauer, Sandra Kasper Genome editing designates new methods that allow targeted interventions to be carried out in the genetic material, the genome of a cell (1).  The CRISPR/Cas method is a molecular biological method to specifically cut and modify DNA (“genome editing” or “gene scissors”). Genes can be inserted with the CRISPR/Cas9 method […]

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 […]

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The law Society has been warned by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) that if it fails to improve the way it deals with the increasing number of consumer complaints, it could lose its group licence. The warning comes soon after president-elect Michael Napier announced that the backlog of complaints was down in June by […]

Winthrop Stimson joins with San Francisco firm

One of Herbert Smith’s favoured US firms, Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts, is merging with a San Francisco practice to create a nationwide giant. New York firm Winthrop Stimson is in the final stages of talks with San Francisco’s Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in a bid to build a 900-lawyer partnership with 16 offices worldwide. […]

Suspended firms back on Axa panel

Berrymans Lace Mawer and Kennedys are returning to Axa’s panel after the insurer finally lifted a six-month suspension on the two firms. Kennedys’ Brentwood off-ice and Berrymans’ London office had been prohibited from handling any high volume claims litigation work for the insurer earlier this year after they failed to comply with protocol (The Lawyer, […]

Diplomatic immunity

While the Bar Council is no doubt smarting at barristers losing their immunity from being sued for negligence, it is refreshing to hear such a positive reaction from the vast majority of the civil bar at least. But the criminal bar’s concern at the potential for vengeful claims against barristers who fail to secure not-guilty […]

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