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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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On 1 May 2004, 10 new member states joined the EU. As such, the date will be remembered as a further red letter day in the EU’s evolution, following the creation of the EU itself in 1995 and the full launch of the euro in 2002. The new member states are joining a developed legal […]

Separated at birth

Unconfirmed reports have come to Tulkinghorn that an errant judge has been found living in a cave on the plains of New Zealand. The judge, not to be confused with the Kiwis’ big new celebrity, Shrek the woolly Merino sheep, escaped from the UK court six years ago to eke out a hermit’s life on […]

Finance deals round-up

Eversheds (Anthony McGurk, Martin Halford) advised Astron on its acquisition of Edotech from its management and Barclays Private Equity for £130m. Clifford Chance advised Astron’s lending bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland. Edotech advised by Ashurst. Baker & McKenzie (Helen Bradley, Michael Caro) advised Tibco Software on its acquisition of Staffware, a UK business process […]

France Telecom rues general counsel loss

France Telecom’s respected general counsel Jean-Pierre Mattout has quit the company and has yet to be replaced. Former chief executive Michael Bon appointed Mattout to the role in February 2002, but his star seems to have faded since the appointment of Thierry Breton, who succeeded Bon in October of that year. Mattout was formerly the […]

ING Barings’ investment banking counsel is let go

The UK head of legal of ING Barings’ investment banking business Piers Roberts has been made redundant. Roberts, who has been a lawyer at ING for approximately 10 years, left the Dutch bank last week. It is understood that he has yet to find a new position. A well-placed source said that since investment banking […]

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