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Bill 2: An Act to make Alberta open for business

On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

FCA releases new rules for crowdfunding platforms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

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Our latest case update includes five significant cases chosen by the Public Law and Regulation team to highlight important principles or procedural points. These include the importance of disclosure to the principle of open justice, the ability of the Scottish Parliament to make provisions for Scots law after Brexit and whether a legitimate expectation can […]

Canada’s new Trademarks Act: taking advantage of divisional applications, and a caution about the database

After the changes to the Trademarks Act take effect on June 17, applicants will have a new tool for reaching registration efficiently — divisional applications. What are divisional applications? Under the new Act, it will be possible to divide a trademark application, with some goods/services staying in the original application, and some goods/services being removed […]

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Is India the new Japan? This question will raise a wry smile from lawyers who have worked on India-related matters over the past 10 years. In 1991 India announced deregulation and reform to open up its economy. The first flush of enthusiasm, which saw Western businesses, including law firms, rush to take advantage of India’s […]

BBC picks BT director as its top legal adviser

The BBC is hiring the director of regulatory compliance from British Telecommunications (BT) as its new legal adviser. Anne Fletcher will join the BBC in March to fill the role of the company’s top lawyer, which has been vacant since May last year. Previous legal adviser Fred Croft left following an internal reorganisation at London’s […]

A bar on competition

Is Hong Kong’s bar under threat of extinction, or is it simply not prepared to compete? To some extent Hong Kong recognises, that its bar is too small to support specialists in some fields, so it continues to permit QCs from the UK to be admitted on an ad hoc basis. Although this is plainly […]

McDermotts snatches McMahon from Orricks

One of the leading intellectual property (IP) litigators in Silicon Valley is leaving Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe to join Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery. Terry McMahon, who headed Orrick’s IP group, will chair McDermotts’ West Coast IP practice, covering Silicon Valley, Orange County and Los Angeles. McMahon launched Orrick’s IP department in 1995 when […]

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