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Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

Executors may not realise they have an income tax liability

By Dominic Cole The Telegraph reports this morning that many executors are not aware that they are liable to pay taxes on income produced by estate assets during the administration period. Executors are personally liable to pay the tax and therefore, if they distribute the whole estate thinking there is nothing else to pay, they may […]

Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

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Hugh Mercer on the appeals of two water companies against the Office of Water Service's determination of prices

Is the difference between the Competition Commission (CC) and the Mergers and Monopolies Commission (MMC) more than just the name? The decisions published this month on the appeals by two water companies against the Office of Water Service’s (Ofwat) determination of prices are certainly a departure from the MMC’s previous decisions in the water sector. […]

The market for marketing

With legal marketing becoming ever more important to those who use it, the law firm marketing department’s remit is getting wider. It now covers a vast array of functions, including, as Mark Chester, director of marketing at Nabarro Nathanson, says: “Pure marketing, press and PR, strategy, internet and intranet, all aspects of internal and external […]

Cozen merges in Chicago and boosts San Francisco

Philadelphia firm Cozen and O’Connor is opening offices in Chicago and San Francisco and bringing on board more than 30 additional lawyers. The 420-lawyer firm is merging with Chicago-based firm Blatt Hammesfahr & Eaton to establish a practice there. The merger will add to Cozen’s insurance practice, which is already one of the largest in […]

Holland & Knight boost IP practice

Three partners are joining with their associates from Boston-based firm Gadsby & Hannah, with another two moving over from in-house positions at Tiffany & Co and Motorola. The team from Gadsby & Hannah boasts partners Carol Matthews, Paul Kilmer and Thomas Brooke. The three bring an impressive client list including sportswear giant LA Gear, publisher […]

Kristian Wiggert

Morrision & Foerster golden boy Kristian Wiggert, the new London office managing partner, may appear unassuming, shy even. Claire Smith meets the man whose image belies his professionalism The new managing partner at the London office of San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) looks absolutely terrified when faced with a journalist. Kristian Wiggert is […]

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