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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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Travelling home through the City last Tuesday night, following a splendid evening at Mrs Tulk-inghorn’s favourite restaurant Cecconis, Tulkinghorn was horrified at the sight of Simmons & Simmons’ building. As impressive as the building was – shining like a beacon to all those lost in their desperate search for a lawyer – this was mainly […]

KPMG loses another to Sonnenberg

South African firm Sonnenberg Hoffman & Galombik has taken another KPMG international tax partner, following the appointment of 14 KPMG lawyers at the end of September The team had been at KPMG for only a few months, arriving from Andersen following the Enron scandal.Ana-Celia Mendes will be based in the firm’s Joh-annesburg office, which was […]

Cooley-Pennie merger talks called off after money row

Merger talks between New York’s Pennie & Edmonds and the West Coast’s Cooley Godward have collapsed after the two firms came to blows over accounting differences Talks between the two firms were already beginning to unravel two weeks ago because of integration issues after a group of heavyweight partners at Pennie’s New York office spoke […]

RBS picks Theodores for property financing

Theodore Goddard has scooped one of the largest property financing deals this year, advising Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Rotch Group’s £340m refinancing of Shell Mex House. Banking partner Michael Black led the deal, assisted by property partner Andrew Hill and senior banking associate Geraldine Lord. Theodore Goddard, which is one of the bank’s […]

Cobbetts breaks into Germany with AirPlus

Cobbetts has just completed a major commercial deal, acting for Frankfurt-based company AirPlus International in its joint project with British Airways to provide an upgraded cardless payment scheme for corporate travel AirPlus is a provider of corporate services in Europe, with more than 16,000 corporate customers and an accounting turnover of E7.2bn (£4.5bn) in 2001. […]

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