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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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Legal Services Act will judge the quick and the dead

The Legal Services Act, allowing law firms to bring in outside investors, presents a powerful opportunity for the bold and a serious threat to the timid. Let’s dispel two myths at the outset. It does not mean that partners can sell 25 per cent of their firm and pocket the proceeds. There might be some […]

Holyrood paves the way for ABS legislation

#Detailed proposals for the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS) in the Scottish legal market will be drawn up following a Holyrood debate. The Scottish government’s justice secretary Kenny MacAskill introduced a parliamentary debate that will pave the way for legislation on ABS. Last month members of the Law Society of Scotland voted in favour […]

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Law Commission drags heels on divorce reform

The Law Commission’s attitude to the enforcement of pre-nuptial agreements has been slammed by family lawyers’ association Resolution for its lack of urgency. Resolution believes that by refusing to discuss whether pre-nuptial agreements should be legally enforceable, the commission is stalling a wider examination of divorce laws, which have not been revamped since 1973. The […]

Egorov chair makes plea for Russian court reform

Russian law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAP) has called for Russia to reform its court system in a bid to entice oligarchs and businesses back to the country. EPAP chairman Dimitry Afanasiev spoke out at the recent St Petersburg International Economic Forum, which was attended by Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev, and appealed for […]

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Universities churn out record numbers of top class LLB students

The number of law students graduating with first or upper second class degrees has rocketed by over 100 per cent during the last 20 years, according to a new survey published this month. Southampton Solent university topped the survey with the number of LLB students achieving firsts and 2:1s jumping by an astonishing 496.4 per […]

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