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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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Irwin Mitchell, Hodge Jones & Allen face negligence claim over MMR case

Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen have been hit with a professional negligence claim over how they case managed a group action relating to the measle, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors disputes chief Luke Patel is instructed in the case for former clients of the two firms, with David Berkley QC […]

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Freshfields relaunches in Singapore with partner relocations

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has reopened in Singapore five years after its 2006 withdrawal from the city state. The firm’s global capital markets head Stephen Revell and partner Gavin MacLaren, who joined the firm recently from Australia’s Allens, will lead the new Singapore office. Revell, global co-head of the capital markets practice and one-time US managing […]

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Linklaters pips Freshfields in China Gold pitch amid African Barrick talks

Linklaters has beaten Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a pitch to win a first-time role for China National Gold on its talks to buy a stake in UK-listed African Barrick Gold (ABG) from Canada’s Barrick Gold. Norton Rose and Shearman & Sterling have also won jobs alongside Linklaters on the potential deal that would see the […]

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Indonesian PPPs in the fast lane

A new system of land acquisition for infrastructure could speed Indonesian PPP projects Public infrastructure projects in Indonesia have long been stymied by difficulties, uncertainties and delays related to land acquisition. These circumstances have primarily been the result of two characteristics of the Indonesian legal system. First, a large amount of land in the country […]

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Growth rockets for French firms

New figures released today show that the top 100 French firms are now collectively turning over almost €3.2bn (£2.5bn), a 412 per cent increase from 20 years ago. An annual ranking produced by French legal publication Juristes Associés has calculated that the largest 100 firms in France, including international firms’ French offices, now employ 2,737 […]

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