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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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Partners opt for banking

Two London-based Coudert Brothers partners are leaving to take up top City in-house banking jobs. Banking and corporate tax partner Jeremy McCallum is to join Credit Lyonnais as legal department head on 9 January. He replaces Jennifer Goodwin, who left to go to UBS two months ago (The Lawyer 20 September). International banking and finance […]

Robert Highmore wants more stringent laws against harassment

Finding a cause of action to support a claim for an injunction in commercial situations is usually not difficult. Advising a client who is being harassed – perhaps being “stalked” or having their offices picketed by someone bearing a grudge – on their cause of action is not so straightforward. While media or sports personalities […]

Brocket trial abandoned

Lord Brocket’s legal proceedings against a number of insurers due to go to trial nextonth have been abandoned. The proceedings against General Accident, Lloyd’s and insurance brokers John Scott and Partners, were issued following the insurers’ refusal to pay a claim of u4.5 million. The claim arose from the theft of three Ferraris, one Maserati […]

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