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New opportunity for permanent residency in Alberta

By Krista Schofer The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) recently announced highly anticipated changes to its permanent residency program. Effective June 14, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available as a potential path to permanent residency in the province. The AOS replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream under the AINP. The AOS […]

Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Osborne Clarke and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett scooped lead roles on Carphone Warehouse’s $1.1bn (£564.47m) alliance with US electronics retailer Best Buy, which will see the latter launch operations in Europe for the first time. Longstanding Carphone Warehouse advisers Osborne Clarke, led by relationship partner Adrian Bott, worked closely with the retailer’s […]

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Companies should obey the law in lawless lands

In the gallons of ink spilled in the debates over business and human rights, one assumption has remained uncontested: companies should obey the laws in the jurisdictions in which they operate. In the words of the International Chamber of Commerce: “All companies are expected to obey the law, even if it is not enforced, and […]

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