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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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Simmons & Simmons is hosting The Solicitors’ Human Rights Group’s first annual lecture this Tuesday. The lecture, entitled “Finding your way to a human rights practice”, will be given by barrister James Behrens of 13 Old Square. Wednesday evening sees the launch of the no doubt gargantuan Legal 500 at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate.

Protecting the debtor

Anne McGrath says insolvency law reform is still high up on the Government’s agenda. The Queen’s Speech has come and gone with n’er a royal whisper of the proposed reform of insolvency law, which Secretary of State for Trade and Peter Mandleson have been strongly pushing for. But the DTI has confirmed that it is […]

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Clients seeking legal aid are at risk of having their cases turned down if Community Legal Services overrun their budget and their cases are not judged to be high priority. After the release last week of the White Paper, Modernising Justice, Hoon said: “If we start hugely over-spending on the budget we would have to […]

Fear not, the road to change is safe

The independent bar in New Zealand is thriving – proof that chambers there will survive, argues Andrew Ayres. The future of the Bar has never been more uncertain than now. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has promised to make inroads into the Bar’s monopoly on rights of audience in the higher courts, and the joint […]

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