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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 […]

Public law case update

Our latest case update includes five significant cases chosen by the Public Law and Regulation team to highlight important principles or procedural points. These include the importance of disclosure to the principle of open justice, the ability of the Scottish Parliament to make provisions for Scots law after Brexit and whether a legitimate expectation can […]

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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Lack of funds threatens advice shop

A LEGAL advice centre is facing the threat of closure after its local council refused a request to increase its maintenance grant. Southall Rights Legal Advice Centre, west London, is complaining that Ealing Council has only provided a £7,000 grant for a service which has annual running costs of £60,000. Kashminder Bhogal, barrister and co-ordinator […]

In brief: Correction

Andrew Page, the firm associated with McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner in Glasgow, is acting for Guardian Newspapers Ltd and two Observer journalists in a libel action launched against the newspaper group by six PowerGen directors. Last week’s issue of The Lawyer incorrectly stated the firm was acting for the PowerGen directors, who are suing […]

In brief: Martineaus advises on student discipline

Sixty delegates from colleges and universities throughout the UK have attended workshops on student discipline organised by the education department of Birmingham practice Martineau Johnson. The workshops were staged in response to a recent report published by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals which gave guidance to universities on action to take when they […]

Planning expert's dual role

The head of planning and environment at a Staffordshire solicitors’ firm has taken up two influential positions in the world of local government law. Stewart Titchener has been elected legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and admitted to the Law Society’s planning panel. Titchener heads the planning and environment unit at Knight & […]

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