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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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Lawyers going solo

Four solicitors give their very different views on how to develop conveyancing…Michael Garson is a partner at Phillip Hodges & Co and creator of IPSO. Much has been said and written in the last year about the opportunities for solicitors to become involved in the house transfer process. Effecting a sea-change in the composition of […]

Jones quits Edges for KPMG

Edge & Ellison senior partner Digby Jones the man who publicly committed the firm to a merger last year is to quit the legal profession in April to join Big Six accountancy firm KPMG in Birmingham. Both Jones and Edges insist he was not forced out of the practice. But, in an unusually candid statement, […]

Litigation firms to discuss tactics for tax reforms fight

LARGE litigation firms waging a campaign against proposed changes to the taxation of professional businesses will meet in private this week to draw up a plan of action. The firms aim to lobby the Inland Revenue over its plan to tax professional partnerships on work as it is done, rather than when payments are received. […]

Herbert Smith in Jakarta revamp

Herbert Smith has ended its 18-month association agreement with Jakarta firm Prof Dr Mariam Darus, Badrulzaram & Partners and formed a link with a new arrival on the Indonesian legal scene, Kramadibrata Karim Sani Manihuruk (KKSM). Herbert Smith’s resident lawyer in the Indonesian capital, Stefan Ricketts, has moved to KKSM’s offices in Jakarta where he […]

In brief: Initiatives could cut court wait for children

A report by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has recommended a series of initiatives which it claims could cut the time it takes for cases involving children to reach court by 10 weeks. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Dame Barbara Mills QC, is to draw up a plan of action based on the report, launched […]

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