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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 […]

Public law case update

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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Developer to sue Dibbs over alleged conflict of interest

Dibb Lupton Alsop is being sued for £600,000 over accusations it acted for both sides in a multi-million pound property finance deal. Developer Chapel and London Estates and four private guarantors are alleging in a high court claim that, in 1994, Dibbs’ Birmingham office advised both sides of a funding deal and drew up a […]

Pinsents elects new chief

Pinsent Curtis has elected Birmingham head of tax David Ryan to the new post of national managing partner. Ryan joined Pinsent & Co in 1990 from City practice Freshfields. He was made head of tax in 1997 two years after the firm’s merger with Simpson Curtis. The 134-partner practice is still deciding who will replace […]

LawSoc votes for MDPs after 10-year wait

After three consultation processes spanning more than a decade, the Law Society council has finally opened the door to multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). An overwhelming council majority has voted to work towards “allowing solicitors… to provide any legal service through any medium to anyone”. This would include lawyers from partnerships within other professions. Financial advisers and […]

Insurance claim for Lords

A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding […]

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