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Bill 2: An Act to make Alberta open for business

On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

FCA releases new rules for crowdfunding platforms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

Public law case update

Our latest case update includes five significant cases chosen by the Public Law and Regulation team to highlight important principles or procedural points. These include the importance of disclosure to the principle of open justice, the ability of the Scottish Parliament to make provisions for Scots law after Brexit and whether a legitimate expectation can […]

Canada’s new Trademarks Act: taking advantage of divisional applications, and a caution about the database

After the changes to the Trademarks Act take effect on June 17, applicants will have a new tool for reaching registration efficiently — divisional applications. What are divisional applications? Under the new Act, it will be possible to divide a trademark application, with some goods/services staying in the original application, and some goods/services being removed […]

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Herbert Smith Appoints New Paris Partner

Herbert Smith has tempted leading EU/competition law partner, Claude Lazarus from French firm, Jeantet & Associes to join its Paris office. Lazarus, who has been a partner with Jeantet for 20 years, joins Herbert Smith early next year with a team of three assistant avocats. Neil Brimson, managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Paris office says: […]

Queen's Speech Heralds Limited Liability Partnerships

Limited liability partnerships came another step closer this week when the Government included the promise of a bill in the Queen’s speech. A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman says LLPs will be available to two or more persons carrying on any trade or profession and will have the organisational flexibility of a partnership, with […]

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