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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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Wilmer Cutler rejig sees Euro partners in the mix

European partners of Washington DC firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are lining up for a new role on the firm’s international management committee. The firm is restructuring its management to include a European partner and a policy committee for the first time.The 450-lawyer firm is growing its management committee from six members to seven and […]

Herbert Smith in Asia management rejig

Herbert Smith has restructured its management team, relocating executive partner Tim Parkes to Hong Kong to become the firm’s new head of the Asia region. Head of real estate Iain Rothnie will take over Parkes’ former role. The changes take effect next January.Rothnie said: “I’m delighted the partnership has confidence in me to continue the […]

Fenwick and VLG cut lawyer count

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has laid off nearly 50 lawyers and become the second firm in as many weeks to make major culls. It has cut 32 associates and 15 paralegals from its ranks because of the falloff in technology-related corporate work.At the same time, high-profile Valley firm Venture Law Group (VLG) put […]

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