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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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ABTA legal director ousted over fraud allegations

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McNeives hooks up with music specialists

McNeive Solicitors and the London-based partners of UK entertainment firm Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit have merged to create a new media, entertainment and technology firm called Smiths. The new three-partner firm features internet expert Liam McNeive and music specialists Andrew Lewis and Paul Jones. The three met when McNeive was negotiating a record deal […]

Law firms give thousands for Democratic presidential bid

US law firms are throwing their weight behind Democratic candidate John Kerry by contributing over a quarter of a million dollars to the presidential challenger’s campaign funds. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has emerged as the top contributor to Kerry’s campaign, giving $105,650. Of Kerry’s top ten fund-raiders, four are law firms including Piper […]

Publicis gains UK legal function with Harbottle hire

French advertising giant Publicis Group has launched a UK legal function with the appointment of Elizabeth Kiernan as its first UK legal head. Kiernan joined the company from Harbottle & Lewis, where she specialised in advertising and media work.As first reported in The Lawyer (17 November), Publicis has been looking to create a legal post […]

Hale and Dorr and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering close in on merger

Boston’s Hale and Dorr and Washington-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are in merger talks. According to the Boston Globe the two firms could finalise the deal as early as next week. “There have been ongoing discusssions with Wilmer Cutler. But there has been no final decision,” Hale and Dorr’s managing partner William Lee told the […]

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