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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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DWF scraps new office plans due to credit crunch

DWF has put its expansion plans on hold, with the economic climate making office openings too costly. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer of his change of direction, which came after a number of merger overtures to firms in several markets outside its Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston bases. Leaitherland said: “I’ve looked […]

Gibson Dunn launches Singapore base

Los Angeles-based Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has moved to fill one of the gaps in its international network by opening an office in Singapore. The firm has officially launched its latest office today (Tuesday 20 May) with a three-partner team hired from Jones Day along with former Los Angeles-based partner Jai Pathak. Corporate partner Pathak […]

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Clive Anderson does anything but Talk Back these days. In fact, he’s seldom seen talking at all – at least not on television. Clearly not content to while away the years on the radio, the former chat show host has upped sticks to Moscow and conveniently assumed the identity of Bleddyn Phillips, Clifford Chance‘s recently […]

Appeal Court upholds EAT’s burden of proof decision

The court of Appeal has upheld an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling that reversal of burden of proof should not apply to victimisation claimants under the Race Relations Act (RRA). Paul Gilroy QC of Old Square Chambers, who acted on behalf of Cheshire County Council in Oyarce v Cheshire County Council (2007), said: “The Court of […]

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