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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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Pannone brought in turnover of £52.5m in the 2008-09 financial year, a three per cent increase on the total of £50.8m for 2007-08. The firm’s profit margin has dropped from 27 per cent last year to 22 per cent this year. As a result average profits per equity partner (PEP) have fallen 21 per cent […]

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UK or US law firm leaders operating in Asia should consider carefully the downsizing strategies used and how these are affected by the cultural nuances of the region. Downsizing is a peculiar strategy because, despite unequivocal evidence that downsized firms do not outperform non-downsized firms, it is often a first resort for management when profits […]

Shearman strikes rich vein of work in Abu Dhabi

Shearman & Sterling has seen some significant changes of late: the US firm overhauled its management structure last year, electing new practice and office heads; it has made layoffs in the US and UK this year; it also relocated some of its most senior partners to overseas offices. Creighton Condon But while the firm has […]

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Milburn: the law is too elitist

A new government paper has called on the legal industry to remove the barriers preventing those from poorer backgrounds joining the profession.  The report, chaired by social mobility czar Alan Milburn, said that high status professions like the law have a “closed shop” mentality and have become more elitist over time. It pointed to the […]

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