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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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Conditional fee insurance is not a rip off

Far from being a genuine attempt to promote access to justice, Anthony Barton believes that lawyers’ support for legal aid constitutes little more than a thinly-veiled vested interest> Not long ago the Bar Council reportedly warned that the introduction of conditional fees to replace the civil legal aid would lead to the public being “ripped […]

Allen & Overy opts to "job-share' top IT role

CITY firm Allen & Overy has “job-shared” its head of IT role as part of a radical shake-up of the way the firm organises its information technology needs. Whereas most firms appoint one head of IT to oversee the technical strategy of the firm, Allen & Overy has split the responsibility into four departments under […]

Linklaters-Schon Nolte split looms

Linklaters is close to splitting from its Frankfurt joint venture partner Schon Nolte Finkelnburg & Clemm in a move that would clear the way for a tie-up with leading German firm Oppenhoff & RAdler. Although Oppenhoff partners voted two weeks ago on co-operation with Linklaters, the firm is remaining tight-lipped about the result. A source […]

In brief: Hoon names May as earliest reform date

Late May is the earliest possible date for the introduction of the Government’s planned legal aid reforms, Geoff Hoon, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, told the House of Commons last week. A consultation paper this week will propose: extending conditional fees to all disputes; the withdrawal of legal aid from most personal […]

Solicitor fined £15,000 for misleading investors

Former Blyth Dutton partner Peter Hooper was fined £15,000 this month (Friday 13th) for drafting a misleading “comfort letter” to investors in motor cycle company Norton Group. Hooper, who was charged under the Financial Services Act 1986, drafted the letter on the instruction of Norton’s chief executive Philippe Le Roux, who was also fined £15,000 […]

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