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Bill 2: An Act to make Alberta open for business

On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

FCA releases new rules for crowdfunding platforms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

Public law case update

Our latest case update includes five significant cases chosen by the Public Law and Regulation team to highlight important principles or procedural points. These include the importance of disclosure to the principle of open justice, the ability of the Scottish Parliament to make provisions for Scots law after Brexit and whether a legitimate expectation can […]

Canada’s new Trademarks Act: taking advantage of divisional applications, and a caution about the database

After the changes to the Trademarks Act take effect on June 17, applicants will have a new tool for reaching registration efficiently — divisional applications. What are divisional applications? Under the new Act, it will be possible to divide a trademark application, with some goods/services staying in the original application, and some goods/services being removed […]

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Lovells and CMS Cameron McKenna are advising the preferred bidders selected by the Government last week to help run London Underground in a public-private partnership (PPP). Consortia advised by Slaughter and May, Linklaters & Alliance, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Ashursts were all knocked out of the race to run the two deep-line segments […]

Weil Gotshal completes first ports securitisation

The London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised Nikko Principal Investments in connection with the first ever securitisation of European port revenues. The securitisation raised £305m, which was used to refinance Nikko’s acquisition of the ports of Tees and Hartlepool in the North East. The firm won the work in a pitch against […]

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Wednesday morning was spent down at the doctors, for our youngest child had thoughtfully inserted a paper clip up her nose. When asked why she had done it, she answered: “To see how far it would go.” A reply which, I fear, dooms us to a lifetime of waiting for the police to knock at […]

Leader – There is only one candidate for a Theodore Goddard merger

It was only a matter of time before Theodore Goddard entered into merger talks. The more cynical among us saw last year’s extraordinary rise in profits as pre-merger beautification. According to The Lawyer 100 Survey, turnover last year leapt 48 per cent to £39m, with average profits per partner rising from £270,000 to £400,000. Much […]

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Slaughter and May and Ashurst Morris Crisp have been appointed by Rotch Property Group as its “Level 1” advisers after completing the first phase of its panel review. The firms will advise on securitisation, capital markets, telecoms and IT work, while corporate and property “Level 2” work was awarded to Macfarlanes and Osborne Clarke. Memery […]

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