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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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EU accession sees ECJ budget hike

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to increase its budget by 50 per cent to cope with the increase in caseload and translation caused by May’s accession to the EU of 10 new member countries from Eastern and Southern Europe. Figures obtained by The Lawyer show that the ECJ’s 2003 budget of e156.6m […]

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Recent changes to family home inheritance tax may have major implications for how clients prepare for their future financial security. Penny Catterick reports

Morgan Cole hit by double energy exit

The flailing London office of Morgan Cole has been depleted further with the departures of two energy heavy-hitters to Charles Russell. Barrister Geoff Hewitt, a former in-house counsel at Saga Exploration, and assistant Gordon Clark, who previously worked at TXU, will join Charles Russell’s energy team as consultant and assistant respectively. The news comes hard […]

ICJ slams US for violating rights of foreign death row prisoners

THE US government will have to reconsider the fate of foreign nationals on death row after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that it had breached its obligations under the Vienna Convention on consular relations by failing to inform 51 Mexican convicts of their right to contact diplomats “without delay” after arrest. The court […]

Pro Bono – Dechert restructures pro bono into practice groups

In a bid to support and encourage transactional lawyers undertaking pro bono work, Dechert has taken the unusual step of introducing distinct pro bono practice groups in its Philadelphia office. The move, announced late last month, follows last year’s appointment of Suzanne Turner from the firm’s London office as global chair of the pro bono […]

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