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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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Maitland brings in new chief exec from 7 Bedford Row

Maitland Chambers has poached 7 Bedford Row’s Robert Graham-Campbell, making him its new chief executive. Graham-Campbell joins Maitland in January, nearly a year after the previous incumbent Peter Bennett announced his departure for Bates Wells & Braithwaite. As first revealed on www.the lawyer.com (1 September), joint head of chambers Charles Aldous said: “Robert’s commercial experience […]

DLA Piper to field defence for Pakistani cricket captain

DLA Piper‘s sports team has been drafted in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to represent captain Inzamam-ul-Haq against charges brought by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC has accused Inzamam of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute following the early finish of the Fourth Test at the Brit Oval on 20 August. […]

Phillips Fox Vietnam shuns DLA Piper tie-up

Phillips Fox’s partnership has split over the firm’s tie-up with DLA Piper, with the Australian firm’s Vietnam offices deciding not to join the international firm’s network. Nigel Russell, joint managing partner of Phillips Fox Vietnam, confirmed that the firm’s offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi would not join the DLA Piper network alongside […]

Ryanair picks Howrey to sue UK government

Howrey has landed instructions from Ryanair as the low-cost airline launches a claim against the government for declaratory relief following the recent security alerts. London-based litigation partner Peter Fitzpatrick is acting for Ryanair, instructing One Essex Court’s Alan Griffiths. The claim was filed in the High Court today (Friday 1 September) against the Secretary of […]

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