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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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PWC in bid to pull network's affiliated practices into line

Gerard Nicolay, the head of Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ international legal network, has formed a global executive body to try to integrate the dozens of local affiliated legal practices into one firm. The seven-member executive, chaired by Nicolay, comprises the heads of Coopers & Lybrand’s and Price Waterhouse’s French, Dutch and UK (Chris Arnheim and Chris Tite) […]

People are the problem with legal IT

In the first of a series of articles, consultant John Irving says fee earners and IT professionals must work together. John Irving is an independent IT consultant. He can be contacted at john@jdirving. demon.co.uk Not too long ago, battles to move IT out of the back office and onto fee earners’ desks were in full […]

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Northern souls lead the field

Once again it is the North West leading the regions – this time in the family Bar. But few sets display the depth required The regional family Bar comes with a raft of recommended individuals but the problem, as often seems to be the case, is that there are few sets with real strength and […]

Law Soc surrenders over SIF

The Law Society has caved in to overwhelming pressure from the City and signalled that law firms should be allowed to opt out of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The move, which SIF claims may threaten the fund’s viability, represents a major victory for the November Group of commercial firms which has been campaigning for […]

Byrom Street builds new premises

Byrom Street Chambers, the Manchester set made up entirely of QCs, has signed a deal to move into brand new purpose-built premises by the middle of next year. The chambers, which was founded in the mid-1950s and is made up of 12 QCs, will be moving across the road from its current site in Byrom […]

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