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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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France Telecom’s respected general counsel Jean-Pierre Mattout has quit the company and has yet to be replaced. Former chief executive Michael Bon appointed Mattout to the role in February 2002, but his star seems to have faded since the appointment of Thierry Breton, who succeeded Bon in October of that year. Mattout was formerly the […]

White & Case gains ex-Brobeck partner from Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is losing one of its haul of ex-Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners after little more than a year to White & Case’s West Coast operation. Larry Engel, a highly rated bankruptcy and restructuring partner, joined Morgan Lewis in February 2003 when the firm rescued around 150 lawyers from unemployment after Brobeck […]

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Not a day goes by when some corporate partner doesn’t make a snide comment about how dull their property partners are. But when it comes to music and partying, property lawyers are leading the way. How could anyone forget Lovells’ musical dynamo Bob Kidby, or Canary Wharf Group’s in-house counsel Michael Ashley-Brown’s sultry rendition of […]

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