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Canada: new occupational health and safety act expands scope of employer duties

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the expansion of the types of entities that have […]

Use of injunction in modern trespass cases

By Leanne Norton and Lucy Shepherd In two recent cases of trespass, injunctions have been the preferred remedy rather than possession. An injunction is a court order that requires a party to do a specific act, or to refrain from doing a specific act. Injunctions are a discretionary remedy and an interim injunction might be […]

Adjudication watch June 2018: what you need to know

In this latest ‘Adjudication Watch’ our construction team provides updates on significant adjudication decisions: Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Building Ltd (formerly known as Galliford Try Construction Ltd) [2017] Christopher Linnett Ltd and Mr Christopher Linnett v Matthew J Harding [2017] Baldwin and another v J R Pickstock Ltd [2017] Victory House General Partner […]

Messi scores important victory in longrunning EU trademark dispute

The General Court of the European Union ruled that the Barcelona and Argentina football star Lionel Andrés Messi, can register his European Union trade mark (EUTM) application for ‘MESSI’ in classes 3, 9, 14, 16, 25 and 28 (covering a wide range of products including fragrances, jewellery, clothing and sports equipment) notwithstanding an opposition led […]

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What a shambles. Last month the Thyssen trial – the most expensive in legal history – collapsed when the judge resigned after not securing a better pay package. Since then, the whole thing has descended into bitter recriminations. Such angst, together with the sad death of defendant counsel 52 year-old Trevor Philipson QC (who himself […]

Osborne Westphalen Alliance splits

The Osborne Westphalen Alliance (OWA) will cease to exist following a breakdown in relations between German firm Graf von Westphalen and Osborne Clarke. Talks were abandoned after the integration process slowed and Osborne Clarke made an offer to a number of partners in the Cologne office of Graf von Westphalen. Nine partners from Graf von […]

A&O wins insolvency partners in New York

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) New York office is hiring two insolvency partners from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, providing the firm with a restructuring capability in New York for the first time. David Frauman and Ken Coleman resigned from Cadwalader at the beginning of last week and are expected to start at A&O today (30 April). […]

Perkins Coie expands in China with Beijing office

Seattle firm Perkins Coie is ramping up its China capability by adding a Beijing office. The technology law firm, which already has an office in Hong Kong, has been granted a licence a year after its application. Last year Perkins Coie took on a team of corporate partners from Baker & McKenzie in Beijing, including […]

Case book Judgments

Amoco (UK) Exploration Co & ors v (1) Teesside Gas Transportation Ltd (2) Imperial Chemcial Industries Plc & ors (4/4/01) HL Lords: Bingham, Hoffmann, Hope, Hobhouse and Scott Case related to the construction of an agreement for the transportation of natural gas from the North Sea to Teesside. Herbert Smith instructed Gordon Pollock QC of […]

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