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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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Four New Square pays out to race victim

A London chambers has paid over £40,000 to a receptionist who was the victim of racial harassment. Senior clerk Lizzie Wiseman of Lincoln’s Inn chambers Four New Square confirmed that receptionist Diana Higgins was paid compensation for a racial harassment incident that took place on Friday 26 May. The unnamed perpetrator of the abuse remains […]

Scuffle of the week

The Franklin Mint v the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. US fans of Diana can continue to collect the People’s Princess Doll, her ensembles and even a wardrobe/carry case. The maker of the doll has won its legal battle with the memorial fund, which sought to stop the company producing Diana memorabilia. Lawyers argued […]

Digests

Grimaldi e Clifford Chance is to more than double its office space in Milan providing room for an extra 75 lawyers. According to partner Nick Wrigley, the firm will take over a building adjoining the existing one in Via Clerici in an area of the city traditionally known for its high concentration of law firms. […]

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Perhaps the most attractive feature of the European Court of Human Rights is that – unlike the Ritz Hotel of legal legend – it really is open to all. As we saw last week, even a former king can demand his human rights. Ex-King Constantine was in Strasbourg to complain that the Greek government had […]

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Death row prisoners in the US. Presidential candidate Al Gore has opened a debate around the death penalty after a study from Columbia University showed that two out of three sentences in capital-case appeals are set aside. In a statement that death row prisoners would probably agree with, Gore said:”If there is a study that […]

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