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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.
The panelists discuss one of today’s mission-critical ESG risks affecting Canadian, American and global businesses: forced labour and child labour in supply chains.
The European patent system is undergoing major changes that will impact all patent filers in Europe. After years of legal and political hurdles, the long-awaited Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court should soon see the light of day, and possibly by the end of 2022.
On 13 January 2022, the Government of Alberta announced a new permanent residence pathway – the Accelerated Tech Pathway – with the goal of attracting tech talent from around the world to settle in Alberta.
A Commercial Court judgment involving the high value rights to broadcast Premier League football matches in China, handed down last week, highlights some of the dilemmas many commercial contracting parties continue to face in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the importance of having clear contractual rights which can be enforced to protect their position. As the judge in the case described, “The pandemic has impacted the lives, livelihoods and activities of almost everyone on the planet.”
‘The right to disconnect’ was a popular topic during 2021 and provides for an interesting discussion – should there be a legal right in the UK for employees to disconnect from their workplace?
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?
How to compete in a changing landscape
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.
On 17 January 2022, the Home Office issued further guidance in respect of the digitalisation of right to work checks.
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The question remains as to whether becoming publicly listed is a significant benefit for firms
More and more Independent firms are actively looking a merger or acquisition
Activity levels in the High Court returned to normal levels in 2021 and that’s a positive sign for litigators’ resilience
Innovation projects need long-term investment to avoid becoming vanity projects
US connections with Macfarlanes and other UK firms prove to be crucial in dealmaking
The arrival of a three-strong PE team from Vinson & Elkins comes at a moment of readjustment for Sidley’s London office.
The following is a table of mergers and acquisitions made by law firms over the years.
Phillip Morris’ assistant general counsel for trademarks, copyright and design will be standing down at the end of Feburary after working more than nine years at the company. Barry Gerber joined Phillip Morris in 2012 and is responsible for leading the team’s trademarks, copyright and design. He also oversees the clearance, registration and enforcement work […]
Dentons has lost a corporate partner duo to Eversheds Sutherland, including its former global chair of its insurance group. Martin Mankabady has made the move from Dentons to Eversheds along with fellow partner Adriana Cotter. Mankabady, who led Dentons’ insurance group, had been at the firm for over six years, having joined from Clyde & […]
Kirkland & Ellis is strengthening the secondaries element of its London investment funds practice with the hire of a partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Partner Aleksander Bakic has joined Kirkland after three years at Akin Gump. He was previously at O’Melveny & Myers and advises private equity fund sponsors across multiple alternative […]
Tesco Bank has promoted from within, ahead of the departure of its legal director and company secretary. Michael Mustard is set to leave his role in February this year, with Fiona Burden, the bank’s current head of legal, taking the helm. Mustard has spent more than seven years in the business after joining in 2014. […]
The first pass rates of the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) have been revealed. The students who sat the first-ever SQE1 exam in November received their results yesterday, with just over half – 53 per cent – receiving the good news that they had passed. Some 1,090 candidates, including 27 solicitor apprentices, took the exam across […]
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