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New opportunity for permanent residency in Alberta

By Krista Schofer The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) recently announced highly anticipated changes to its permanent residency program. Effective June 14, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available as a potential path to permanent residency in the province. The AOS replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream under the AINP. The AOS […]

Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) has been shaken by another conflicts wrangle after taking dual instructions on the multimillion-pound auction of United Biscuits. A&O, led by corporate partner David Wootton, is advising long-term client United Biscuits, the maker of McVitie’s biscuits and Hula Hoops, on its multimillion-pound auction. However, it has emerged that the firm is […]

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Avalon Solicitors’ profit this year hit the headlines as much for how it was made as how much was made. But a Law Society investigation into its dealings will not alter the firm’s growth strategy Andrew Nulty, the senior partner of Warrington-based ’class action’ boutique Avalon Solicitors, shows no signs of regretting telling The Lawyer […]

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