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Canada: new occupational health and safety act expands scope of employer duties

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the expansion of the types of entities that have […]

Use of injunction in modern trespass cases

By Leanne Norton and Lucy Shepherd In two recent cases of trespass, injunctions have been the preferred remedy rather than possession. An injunction is a court order that requires a party to do a specific act, or to refrain from doing a specific act. Injunctions are a discretionary remedy and an interim injunction might be […]

Adjudication watch June 2018: what you need to know

In this latest ‘Adjudication Watch’ our construction team provides updates on significant adjudication decisions: Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Building Ltd (formerly known as Galliford Try Construction Ltd) [2017] Christopher Linnett Ltd and Mr Christopher Linnett v Matthew J Harding [2017] Baldwin and another v J R Pickstock Ltd [2017] Victory House General Partner […]

Messi scores important victory in longrunning EU trademark dispute

The General Court of the European Union ruled that the Barcelona and Argentina football star Lionel Andrés Messi, can register his European Union trade mark (EUTM) application for ‘MESSI’ in classes 3, 9, 14, 16, 25 and 28 (covering a wide range of products including fragrances, jewellery, clothing and sports equipment) notwithstanding an opposition led […]

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Lawyers force FSA to defend short-selling ‘quick fix’

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has provoked a storm of protest from City law firms with its new rules on short-selling. Since making the shock announcement last week, the regulator has been inundated with questions and yesterday was forced to release a second statement to clarify its position. The new regime, which comes into force […]

Law Society faces £65m bill to fund pension deficit

THE LAW Society must plough at least £40m into its closed final salary pension scheme in a bid to reduce its massive deficit. The society, which is funded almost entirely by fees collected from solicitors, has paid £67m into the scheme since 2005 but trustees have indicated that a further £40m is required to account […]

Simpson Thacher advises AIG on CEO exit

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising the board of American International Group (AIG) on the exit of its chief executive, Martin Sullivan. Simpson litigation partner Jamie Gamble along with firm chairman Dick Beattie are advising AIG on a range of issues relating to the business’ recent deteriorating performance, including the ousting yesterday (16 June) of […]

DuPont legal chief retires after 35 years

US chemical company DuPont has appointed a new general counsel as top lawyer Stacey Mobley retires after 35 years in-house. The company has chosen assistant general counsel Thomas Sager as Mobley’s replacement. Mobley joined DuPont in 1972 and rose through the ranks to become general counsel in 1999. DuPont ;chairman Charles Holliday said: “Stacey will […]

Newcastle firms merge to create Mincoff Jacksons

Two North East firms have merged to create a major player within Newcastle’s second tier. Mincoffs from Tyneside and Jacksons from Teesside will create a 21-partner firm Mincoff Jacksons, with a combined turnover of around £10m, taking it to a size comparable to Newcastle’s Muckle, Sintons or Crutes. Mincoffs senior partner Howard Gold said: “The […]

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