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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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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 […]

Present sense

You can tell a lot about a man from the presents he receives. While mourning the departure of Freshfields chief executive Alan Peck (who else is going to be so rude about lawyers now that he’s gone?), Tulkinghorn’s grief was much assuaged by hearing of his retirement haul. The London partners came up trumps, and […]

Covington in international arbitration drive

Covington & Burling’s London office is taking the plunge into international arbitration after recruiting a partner from Coudert Brothers. Robert Pietrowski is stepping into the newly-created role of head of the firm’s European arbitration practice. Although arbitration is a large feature in Covington & Burling’s overseas offices, Pietrowski’s appointment is a first for London, where […]

Bond Pearce in clinical negligence expansion

Bond Pearce in clinical negligence expansion” />Bond Pearce has launched a claimant clinical negligence practice in Bristol as it continues to expand its insurance defence offering. The firm is pinning its hopes on winning referrals from local firms and has instituted referral fees as a sweetener. Maria Voisin, who established Bond Pearce’s claimant clinical negligence practice in […]

Separated at birth

They not only share names (well, almost), but Mishcon de Reya supremo Kevin Gold and weirdo Hollywood blockbuster science geek Jeff Goldblum appear to both be renting space in the same face. Gold has just overseen a radical equity partner-slashing programme at Mishcons that has seen average profits per partner skyrocket. Goldblum has been the […]

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