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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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Two IP partners quit Field Fisher Waterhouse

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s respected IT and IP team was reeling last week after two partners resigned in consecutive days. Senior IT/IP litigator Mark Lewis resigned for IBB Solicitors one day and respected patent litigator Jonathan Radcliffe quit for Nabarro Nathanson the next. A Field Fisher spokesperson said: “The two resignations are not linked and we […]

OFT prompts Northern Ireland law ad relaxation

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has changed its regulations after an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation. The OFT found that the society prohibited solicitors from fee advertising and comparative fee advertising. It also found that the society banned solicitors paying referral fees to non-lawyers as well as soliciting to existing and potential clients. The Law Society of Northern […]

Linklaters IT client turns to Slaughters after conflict

A Linklaters conflict has gifted Slaughter and May with an instruction to advise a buyout team led by Sir Peter Ogden on its potential take private of FTSE250 company Computacenter. It is understood that Computacenter’s non-executive directors Ogden and Philip Hume have offered to take the Hertfordshire-based IT infrastructure services provider private for 255p per share. The duo founded Computacenter in 1981 and floated in […]

Linklaters global asset finance chief steps down

The head of Linklaters‘ global asset finance practice Ron Gibbs is leaving the firm to move into the boardroom. Gibbs plans to take up executive positions at shipping and aviation companies when his leaves the magic circle firm at the end of the financial year. He joined Linklaters in 1982, becoming a partner in 1989. Robert Fugard will take […]

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