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Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

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NHS IP arm appoints new director

The intellectual property arm of the NHS for the capital, NHS Innovations London (NHSIL), has appointed a new director of IP management. Alan Driver joins NHSIL from Partnerships UK, a joint venture with HM Treasury which helps public bodies commercialise their assets, where he was project director. Prior to that, Driver was a founder of […]

The financial forecast

Take a deep breath. The reporting of year-end figures has kicked off. Here are some predictions. This will be a record year for much of the City. At least 10 firms will gift their top partners more than a million for the first time and be able to put two fingers up to the Americans. […]

Riff justice

It looks as though Tulkinghorn’s long-time favourite axeman, Lovells property guru Bob Kidby, has competition. Last week a jazz band featuring two Pinsent Masons property lawyers – Andrew Yates and David Meecham – raised around £5,000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Acorns Children’s Hospice at their annual gig. The band, cunningly named Hot Property […]

OSSE chief quits for Law Society of Scotland role

The lead lawyer in the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive (OSSE) Richard Henderson is retiring at the end of this month to become vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland. The news follows the completion of the Executive’s legal panel review last week, which saw CMS Cameron McKenna, McGrigors and Shepherd & […]

Wragges reveals tepid financials

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has boosted turnover by a middling 11 per cent, hitting £112.6m after 2005-06’s £101.3m. Meanwhile, average profit per equity partner (PEP) has hit £410,000, up by less than 4 per cent from £395,000 last year. Total profit is up by 9 per cent, from £41m to £45m, while the profit margin […]

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