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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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French oil rivals Elf Aquitaine and TotalFina.Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has martialled 18 lawyers from its Paris, NewYork, London and Washington offices to represent TotalFina in a hostiletakeover euro42bn (approx u28bn) bid for Elf made on 5 July.Now Elf has enlisted Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb Steen &Hamilton to muster a combined team […]

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International sports lawyers, who are queueing up to offer legal advice toAustralian player Simon Colosimo, whose knee had to be reconstructed afterbeing tackled by Man U striker Andy Cole during a match against theAustralian national team in Melbourne last week.Litigants in person. There are so many amateur “lawyers” keen to representthemselves in court that the […]

Lords to discuss evidence

The extent to which information obtained from unauthorised interception ofcommunications made by means of a public telecommunications system can beused as evidence in court is to be argued over before the Law Lords. Theyhave granted leave for an appeal in the case of Stephen Morgans, convictedof unauthorised access to a computer system. The High Court […]

EU tightens laundering directive

Lawyers will be required to demand identification from clients under aproposed EU extension to its money laundering directive.The proposals will extend obligations beyond investment lawyers and applyto transactions of u9,950 or more.Legal professionals handling client money, securities and client assetswill all come under the requirements.Proposals are also targeting financial transactions, bank accountsmanagement, the operation of […]

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Lord Irvine is at loggerheads with a group of right-of-centre familyvalues campaigners, who are attacking Lord Irvine’s plans to introducelegally binding prenuptial agreements on the grounds they are incompatiblewith a couple’s vows to stay together “till death us do part”. However theLord Chancellor’s Department has hit back at its critics, the Family PolicyStudies Centre, claiming […]

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