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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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QD Legal managing director Stephen Rodney and director Adrian Fox have resigned. It is understood the two intend to set up a legal search consultancy next year. Allen & Overy’s senior partner, Bill Tudor John, unexpectedly lost an attempt to be re-elected, as revealed on The Lawyer website last Monday. Head of corporate law Guy […]

Lovell's Boesebeck lose four partners to Bruckhaus

Lovell White Durrant’s merger partner, Boesebeck Droste, has lost four M&A tax partners from its Munich office who are opening a new office in the Bavarian capital for Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober. Rolf Fuger, Norbert Rieger, Stephan Salzmann and Bernhard Heiss are opening Bruckhaus’ new Munich office on January 1. The new office will have […]

Woolf sees court cases fall by third

There has been a dramatic drop in the number of cases coming to the Commercial Court in the first six months following the Woolf reforms, according to Mr Justice Rix, the judge in charge. Since the new rules were introduced in April there has been a 31 per cent fall in the applications to modify […]

Papering over the cracks

City solicitors are surprised by the Law Society president’s proposal to represent a unified legal profession. Claire Smith finds the City shouting ‘if you can’t handle what you’ve got, don’t take on more’ “Let us think the unthinkable,” said Law Society president Robert Sayer last week. “One unified legal profession, no more solicitors or barristers […]

Sacking prompts contract decision

A High Court judge has ruled that the Unfair Contracts Act can be applied to terms of employment, writes Roger Pearson. A High Court ruling has opened an important avenue of attack for workers who want to sue their employers after being sacked. Mr Justice Morland ruled in Brigden v American Express Bank Ltd ruled […]

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