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Canadian product stewardship and epr: a review of 2021 and beyond

Provincial governments (and non-governmental agencies) have been busy implementing various innovative waste management programs to divert waste away from landfills. In 2021, important changes were implemented across all product categories, including tires, batteries, electronic products, packaging and printed paper, beverage containers, and hazardous and special products. Key changes include: i) new programs in jurisdictions that formerly did not have programs, ii) expanded product lists for existing programs, iii) shifts from product stewardship models to extended producer responsibility (“EPR”) models, and iv) expanded regulatory enforcement mechanisms and activity.

Future of work: Future of flexibility

Without doubt, the traditional employment relationship has changed. Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact, the changing nature of the employment relationship has been taking place for several years. But what does this mean for employers?

Domestic CCTV: are you compliant?

The use of smart security devices and domestic CCTV systems is becoming increasingly common. If you use security cameras and similar devices in your home, data protection law may apply and it’s important to know your legal obligations.


New ESMA guidance signals more flexible approach on global depositary receipts

On 20 June 2012, the European Securities Markets Authority published new guidance on the use of ‘up to amount’ listings of global depositary receipts (GDRs) which provides much needed clarity to issuers and participants in the European GDR markets. The ESMA guidance states that, if an issuer issues new shares after the date of its […]

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Case of the week: Employment

CEF Holdings Ltd v Mundey (2012) EWHC 1524 (QB). Silber J. 1 June 2012 The court determined a number of issues in relation to a company’s attempts to prevent its former employees starting up a rival company. It set out important lessons in relation to without-notice injunction applications. Issues determined The court had to determine […]


Troll hunting made easy

The Defamation Bill seeks to simplify the process of unmasking abusive internet trolls  Social media and the internet are fast becoming the communication platform of choice. An unfortunate side effect of this is the emergence of the so-called internet troll, whose offensive taunts have even led some ­victims of abuse to suicide. Until now, […]


Herbert Smith green lights October merger with Australia’s Freehills

Herbert Smith and Australian firm Freehills are set to merge to create an £800m firm after receiving the go-ahead from partners today. Herbert Smith’s partner vote was done by secret ballot and had been going on for about 10 days, with votes being counted today, while Freehills’ partners voted at a meeting earlier today. According […]

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Field Fisher and Lawrence Graham abandon plans for £150m merger

Merger talks between Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Lawrence Graham (LG) have been called off. Discussions to create a £150m firm out of the two City rivals have ended before any plans were formally put to partners. FFW managing partner Matthew Lohn said: “In May we confirmed that Field Fisher Waterhouse had been in talks […]

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