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Government consults on changes to food allergen labelling

Working together, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Food Standards Agency have issued a consultation on proposed changes to food allergen labelling in order to enable consumers to be provided with the information they need to make safe food choices.

New Canadian temporary immigration options under the CPTPP

The purpose of the CPTPP is to facilitate market access, investment opportunities and trade amongst the parties. Of interest from an immigration standpoint, the CPTPP contains new temporary immigration options for citizens of member countries. From a Canadian perspective, the immigration provisions are aimed at increasing opportunities to support economic growth for Canadians and Canadian […]

Cryptocurrency in Romania. A go or a no-go?

In Romania, authorities are yet to create the legal framework that would regulate the taxation of activities related to cryptocurrency. This legislative gap leaves plenty of room for tax avoidance, as even the most well-intentioned taxpayers lack the tools to understand what taxes they need to pay in relation to their cryptocurrency trading. What are […]

Discussing aboriginal law in Canada with Best Lawyers

This article was originally published in Best Lawyers and has been republished with permission. Jaimie Lickers and Maxime Faille, attorneys specializing in Aboriginal Law at Gowling WLG in Canada, discuss the changing national attitude to Indigenous people’s history across the country and their firm’s significant cases in 2017 and 2018.

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Clifford Chance has signalled its intention to build its European corporate practice by hiring four M&A partners to join its Amsterdam and Paris offices. The firm has lured Tom de Waard and Hector de Beaufort from top Benelux firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot to join its Amsterdam office. And Marcus Billam and Frederic Peltier join […]

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“We were going to put him out of the window sitting on the ledge but we allowed him to take the elevator instead.” – A Mannesman source commenting on how the £64bn offer from Chris Gent, chief executive at Vodafone, was received.

Bird & Bird's merger with Orricks shelved

Merger talks between Bird & Bird and US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have been abandoned after partnership objections on both sides. Partners at top IP/IT firm Bird & Bird were split on whether the merger would benefit the firm – with the IP experts understood to be against it. The firm’s corporate partner and […]

Law school to teach pro-bono

The goal is to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in pro bono work and get a credit for it. The College’s chief executive Professor Nigel Savage says: “Law schools have a key role to play in instilling and fostering a pro bono culture amongst their students. “Pro bono experience produces students better […]

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