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Latest Briefings

New opportunity for permanent residency in Alberta

By Krista Schofer The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) recently announced highly anticipated changes to its permanent residency program. Effective June 14, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available as a potential path to permanent residency in the province. The AOS replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream under the AINP. The AOS […]

Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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Case of the week

David Calvert-Smith. The Director of Public Prosecutions has been told to think again about his decision not to bring manslaughter charges in the case of a death in custody. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham (right) has ordered the DPP to reconsider bringing prosecutions against officers at Blankenhurst prison where Alton Manning was a prisoner […]

Senior partner steps down as Richards Butler changes title

Richards Butler’s senior partner is stepping down after nearly a decade in the job, to become head of the firm’s employment practice. Tim Archer, who has served three consecutive terms as senior partner, is filling the void left by highly-rated employment partner Georgina Keane, who left the firm in February to join Lawrence Graham. Archer […]

Digests

SJ Berwin has appointed seven new partners. In London they are: Alex Leitch (litigation); Lewis Myers (property); Andrew Harris, Graham Nicholson and Mark Sanders (private equity group). In Madrid they are: Jullo Veloso Caro (corporate banking); and Javier Vicente Climent-Pallarés Morera (corporate tax). It has also recruited former Wilde Sapte IT director Simon Kosminsky. Hollis […]

A&O steals BT contract for e-commerce float

British Telecommunications (BT) is instructing Allen & Overy for the first time to work on its radical corporate restructuring. BT has long-standing relationships with Freshfields and Linklaters, but it selected A&O in a beauty parade for work on the flotation of its international directories and e-commerce business Yell. BT is planning to complete the flotation […]

Garrigues & Andersen top in Spain

Garrigues & Andersen, the Spanish legal arm of Andersen Legal, is the number one firm in Spain, according to a survey in Spanish business newspaper Expancion. It has brought in the highest revenues and number of partners for the second year running. Ranked alongside Garrigues in the top five are: Cuatrecasas, Uria & Menendez, Landwell […]

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