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Canada: Changes to daily operations under amended Occupational Health and Safety Act

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 changes to day-to-day operations of an employer to […]

GDPR: A pension trustee’s ongoing obligations

After months of preparing for GDPR, unfortunately the work does not stop now that the regulation has been implemented. Elements of the GDPR will require ongoing review and action. See our checklist below to make sure you are up to speed with your ongoing trustee GDPR obligations…

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Mayer Brown & Platt’s London senior partner is to become head of legal at GEC – threatening the estimated u10m of legal work that the multinational currently hands out to UK magic circle firms. Jeff Gordon, who is also head of the firm’s international practice, begins his new role at the end of August. GEC’s […]

Clifford Chance loses Chinese partner to Jones Day

US firm, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has roped in former Clifford Chance partner, Winston Zhao to help set up the firm’s new Shanghai office. Zhoa joins Jones Day from Clifford Chance’s Shanghai practice – the first international law firm to open up in that city in 1993 when the Chinese Ministry of Justice relaxed […]

UK firms do not have a manifest destiny

Much has been written in recent weeks about UK firms mergers or plans for merger. This has often been couched in terms of firm’s racing to become the “global law firm for the 21st century” or other such spin. This merger race has been led by the big UK firms with even the mainstream media […]

Scuffle of the week

British American Tobacco (BAT) has found a unique way to scupper anti-smoking litigation, by claiming the judge is a potential litigant. Florida circuit judge Robert Kaye has been presiding over the Engle class action by former smokers against various US cigarette makers, including BAT offshoot Brown & Williamson, for a year. However the judge is […]

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