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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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Two more lawyers quit Mishcon de Reya

In a double blow to Mishcon de Reya, its commercial partner Paul Millett is leaving to join Finers, while its part-time banking consultant and former partner Stephen Davis is moving to Stephenson Harwood. Millett, who is still negotiating his departure date, said he could not comment on the reasons for his move, but added: “I […]

Bar Council ditches its strategy think tank

The Bar Council has disbanded a think tank that was set up four years ago to coordinate its long-term strategic thinking. Under the shake-up, the planning committee has been abolished and its functions brought under the umbrella of the Bar Council’s most senior committee, the general management committee (GMC). The planning committee was set up […]

Spoilt for choice

Six months after its launch, the Expert Witness Institute has received nearly 400 applications for individual membership and is well on the way to its first year target of 500. The Law Society and Bar Council are among the six professional bodies to have joined to date, along with three corporate organisations. The institute has […]

Finers settles with £8m pay-out at eleventh hour

West End firm Finers has agreed to pay more than £8m in an out-of-court settlement of a negligence claim by a former client, South Australian Asset Management Corporation. The company – formerly the State Bank of South Australia – claimed that when it made a series of commercial property loans to another Finers client, the […]

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