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Latest Briefings

New opportunity for permanent residency in Alberta

By Krista Schofer The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) recently announced highly anticipated changes to its permanent residency program. Effective June 14, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available as a potential path to permanent residency in the province. The AOS replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream under the AINP. The AOS […]

Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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Masons offers free advice

Construction specialist Masons is attempting to break into the dotcom culture by launching a website aimed at new media start-ups. The venture, outlaw.com, will be run independently of Masons’ corporate site. It aims to provide legal advice for people who are sceptical of traditional law firms. IT partner John Salmon explains: “People are worried that […]

Herbert Smith breaks up corporate department

Herbert Smith is overhauling its management structure as it begins the search for partners to head two newly-created divisions. The firm was previously split into three divisions – litigation/arbitration, corporate and property. But under the new structure, which is due to be implemented in May and June, the corporate department will split into two units […]

Property

Mishcon de Reya advised Structadene Group on its £17m purchase of London-based Victory House from Merivale Moore. Mishcons property partner Nick Doffman acted on the deal with corporate partner Larry Nathan. SJ Berwin represented Merivale Moore.

A&O boosts IP group with top partner hire

Allen & Overy is expanding its intellectual property team with the arrival of Eversheds head of IP in the North, Robert Barry. The leading contentious patent and trademark lawyer will join A&O’s London office as an IP partner on 22 May, boosting the firm’s IP/IT litigation practice to three partners and nine associates. After qualifying […]

Case of the week

Lords Coulsfield, Sutherland and Maclean finally began their sojourn in that part of The Netherlands that will be forever (or at least for the next year) Scotland. In the traditional garb of the Scottish court the Lords faced two men in the robes of venerated Libyans at the start of the delayed Lockerbie trial. Amid […]

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