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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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Talk about evading the question. When The Lawyer noticed an article in India’s Telegraph newspaper that quoted a London-based Baker & McKenzie spokesperson saying: “Our current desire is to invite an Indian law firm to join our firm and we look forward to changes in the regulatory environment which will permit this”, obviously we had […]

Thomas Miller to slash advisers via e-tracking

Transport insurance service provider Thomas Miller claims to be the first UK-based company to implement a fully electronic legal spend management system in a bid to cull its roster of external firms by 80 per cent. The system has also been acquired by Barclays (as first reported on www.thelawyer. com, 19 February), which is planning […]

BLG relaunches Oxford with Henmans hires

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has poached two partners from Oxford firm Henmans. They will join BLG’s Oxford office, which traditionally was used as a base for support staff. BLG senior partner Richard Dedman said: “It is a significant move for the firm. Physically we have had an office in Oxford for sometime, but it […]

Insurers threaten to sue over flood losses

UK insurers Norwich Union and Allianz are looking at whether they can sue water authorities for failing to prevent the floods this summer. UK insurers Norwich Union and Allianz are looking at whether they can sue water authorities for failing to prevent the floods this summer. The UK’s largest insurer Norwich Union has instructed Beachcroft […]

Cobbetts benefits as Abramovich invests in gold

Cobbetts has landed a key role on the latest acquisition by Russia’s richest man and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich. The Manchester-headquartered firm advised AIM-listed gold miner Highland Gold on the sale of a 40 per cent stake in the business to Abramovich for $400m (£194.5m) last week. Abramovich has bought the stake through […]

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