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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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This is the second billion-dollar deal this year for Shaw Pittman’s London office. Last month it advised pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca on its £1.2bn outsourcing deal with IBM (The Lawyer, 26 February). In the Cable & Wireless deal, Shaw Pittman has moved on from outsourcing to networking. Networks are the architecture of technology – the area […]

Watkins sent to Reed Smith Coventry

Reed Smith Warner Cranston has bolstered its property practice with the hire of former Eversheds partner Nigel Watkins to its Coventry office. Watkins left Eversheds’ Birmingham office last month after 33 years, where he was key in creating the national firm. His departure is unrelated to the process currently underway of slicing an estimated 10 […]

…and promotes Lippell to head of corporate finance

Leading regional firm Addleshaw Booth & Co is overhauling the management of its corporate finance group. Incumbent Jonathan Shorrock is stepping down in May to be replaced by highly-regarded corporate finance partner Sean Lippell. Shorrock will return to fee-earning full time after three years as manager of the group. He has a range of big-name […]

CASE STUDY: REBECCA NEWSON

Rebecca Newson studied law and European legal studies at Durham before going on to do her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law at York. Given her time again she would not choose to go the Common Professional Examination (CPE) route. “I chose my degree because it was something that I was interested […]

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Born-again lawyers

Five years ago, as a 33-year-old senior banker of public school and Oxbridge education, possessing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) distinction and 12 years relevant banking/banking law experience, I embarked upon a second career as a finance lawyer with some optimism. Today, three years qualified by conventional standards, treated in most respects as four years […]

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