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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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Praxis turns up trumps with DNA database

A new National DNA database has been designed by Bath-based software firm Praxis, part of Touche Ross Management Consultants. Praxis project manager Nigel Reckless says the brief provided by the Forensic Science Service required that the system contained the technical precautions to support the scientific and legislative safeguards built in. “The database only retains details […]

In brief: Lord Hoffman to give Upjohn lecture

Lord Hoffman will address the Association of Law Teachers at this year’s annual Upjohn lecture which will be held at the Inns of Court School of Law next month. His lecture, ‘Anthropomorphic justice: the reasonable man and his friend’, will be presented at 6pm on 12 May.

Euro court rules out fees VAT recovery

A European Court has ruled that VAT on UK corporate lawyers’ fees cannot be recovered. The judgement supports the view of HM Customs & Excise which, since 1989, has meant UK businesses pay 17.5 per cent more for their lawyers than their European counterparts. It was made despite the fact that most continental countries have […]

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Pearl Assurance, advised by Brecher & Co, has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Moor House on London Wall for u10m, from Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith.

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