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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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Gleiss ceiling

Gleiss Lutz emerges from the sluggish German market as the top domestic performer, but the international firms still lead the way. Husnara Begum and Helen Power report The leading domestic German firms posted marginal increases in turnover for 2004 after a year of difficult market conditions. But Herbert Smith’s German alliance partner Gleiss Lutz bucked […]

Aviation insurers escape EC courtesy of BLG, DLA

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary have secured success for the London aviation insurance market in a landmark competition case. The European Commiss-ion launched an investigation into practices in the industry in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the US. Following the attacks, insurers worked together to […]

DCA launches unified courts agency

The Department for Constituttional Affairs today launches a single unified agency, Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS), to run the UK’s court system. The agency brings together all of England and Wales’ 650 Crown, county and magistrates’ courts for administrative purposes. Previously magistrates’ courts were managed by 42 local committees, whereas the Court Service administered the […]

Heatons appoints new managing partner

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has appointed corporate finance specialist Matt Fleetwood as its new managing partner. Fleetwood, who has been with Heatons throughout his entire legal career is taking over from David Beech. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (14 March) Beech quit Heatons last month to join London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. During Beech’s […]

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