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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 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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Canada’s new Trademarks Act: taking advantage of divisional applications, and a caution about the database

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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Cadwalader raids Shearman for antitrust drive

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has pulled off a major coup with the hire of a trio of antitrust partners from Shearman & Sterling. Shearman’s global head of antitrust Steven Sunshine last night (2 March) quit the firm alongside two junior partners, Jess Biggio and David Wales. Sunshine and Wales will work out of Cadwalader’s Washington […]

Bryan Cave shrugs off 2004’s turnover drop

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Firm profile: Adams Solicitors

Adams Solicitors, a firm well respected on East London’s high streets, has undergone a radical transformation in the last year. Established in 1992 by husband and wife duo Som and Mahinder Chima, the firm, once known for its family and conveyancing expertise, appears to have hit the big time with the opening of a Canary […]

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