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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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Linklaters & Alliance’s Paris office has snatched the work on the billion pound merger of French supermarkets Carrefour and Promodes from under the nose of rival Gide Loyrette Nouel. The French arm of investment bank Rothschild is advising supermarket giant Carrefour on its euro13bn “friendly merger” with Promodes but has snubbed its usual legal adviser […]

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Slaughter and May, Freshfields and US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, are setting in motion the first flotation of a serviced office company. Regus Business Centres, which provides office space, support services and technical equipment, will be listed on the London Stock Exchange in October for u1bn. It is the first time a company of […]

A&O risks losing client as it fields takeover bid

Allen & Overy is trying to retain its long-term client Bristol United Press (BUP) as the company undergoes a multimillion pound takeover. A&O, which has represented BUP since 1991, is currently fielding a £121.5m offer from Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), which is being advised by Freshfields. Julian Long, corporate partner at Freshfields, is […]

Morgan Stanley appoints new chief legal officer

International bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter has appointed a new chief legal officer from Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Linklaters & Alliance and Allen & Overy are among the UK firms used by Morgan Stanley which may be affected by the change of leadership. Donald Kempf is senior partner at Kirklands and specialises in […]

Freshfields acts in drugs giant deal

Freshfields is acting for Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca in its merger with Swiss rival Novartis. Corporate partner Julian Long is leading the Freshfields team. It is thought that he will be dealing mainly with regulatory issues but Freshfields says it is too early to say exactly what these will be. Novartis has not yet decided […]

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