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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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Rowe & Maw loses star player to Macfarlanes

Leading London construction lawyer Tony Blackler has joined Macfarlanes from Rowe & Maw, to help the firm build up a construction practice. At the same time Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s construction head, Robert Oakes, has been recruited by Manches & Co for the same purpose. Blackler’s departure comes as a blow to Rowe & Maw […]

Napier set to lead election challenge

Two of the Law Society’s heavyweights, Michael Napier and David McIntosh, are understood to be poised to run for office in this summer’s presidential elections. Although no formal announcement has been made, The Lawyer understands that Napier, senior partner at Irwin Mitchell, will stand against Michael Mathews for the presidency and McIntosh, senior partner with […]

Merger leads to Bedfordshire's biggest firm

Bedfordshire commercial firms Gareth Woodfine & Partners and Batcheldors have merged to create the largest firm in the county. The new practice, Woodfine Batcheldor, will have 16 partners and 43 other fee earners. Senior partner at the merged firm Nicolas Davies said that it was now in a position to expand into other markets. He […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 28/04/98

Conditional fee agreements in arbitrations not champertous Bevan Ashford v Geoff Yeandle (Contractors) Ltd (in liquidation) (1998) ChD (Sir Richard Scott V-C) 8/4/9In the context of an application by Originating Summons, the respondent firm, a company in liquidation, had a substantial claim available in arbitration proceedings, but no resources to finance those proceedings. The liquidator […]

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The Lawyer Inquiry: Charles Hattersley

Charles Hattersley was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1949. He is a partner and head of the marine department at Foot & Bowden in Plymouth. What was your first job? Lumberjack. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £6,000 per annum. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Chief […]

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