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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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Imposing start times postpones the party

The licensing industry will have to wait until October for the result of a case that could turn out to be a signpost ruling determining the extent to which licensing justices can impose conditions on Special Hours certificates. Licensee Steven Shipley is fighting against the imposition by licensing justices at Cannock in the West Midlands […]

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US law chief warns of two-tier justice

San Francisco Conference Chris Fogarty reports from the American Bar Association’s conference in San Francisco US Attorney General Janet Reno has warned against allowing a two-tier justice system to develop in her country. In a speech echoing concerns in the UK about how to keep a rein on a spiralling legal aid budget, Reno said […]

Lay prosecutors:revolution by the back door

John Malpas examines the impact of a wave of reforms that has hit the CPS even before the results of an independent inquiry are known. GIVEN the new Government’s obvious determination to hit the ground running with a string of well-publicised policy announcements, it was remarkably coy about its decision to allow lay CPS staff […]

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