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Canada: Changes to daily operations under amended Occupational Health and Safety Act

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 changes to day-to-day operations of an employer to […]

GDPR: A pension trustee’s ongoing obligations

After months of preparing for GDPR, unfortunately the work does not stop now that the regulation has been implemented. Elements of the GDPR will require ongoing review and action. See our checklist below to make sure you are up to speed with your ongoing trustee GDPR obligations…

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A new kind of legal services provision has been set up in west London by a young solicitor formerly with high profile legal aid firm Bindman & Partners. Called Law for All, the organisation runs the Acton Law Shop – a hybrid of a small legal aid firm and law centre. It has charitable status, […]

No such thing as 'guilty plea culture'

Criminal lawyers vigorously denied the existence of a “guilty plea culture” and rebutted suggestions that they failed to act in the best interests of clients. Delegates at the conference heard Lee Bridges, author of Standing Accused, paint a picture of poor quality defence work. But the criminal specialists said it would not make financial sense […]

Lamplugh Trust calls for victims agency

National charity for personal safety, The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, has called for the establishment of an agency or “victims voice” to represent the interests and rights of people affected by crime and the judicial process. Charity trustee Diana Lamplugh, also a member of the trust’s executive committee, says: “There is a real need to have […]

FE colleges sign up to ILEX PT scheme

Fifty-nine further education colleges have registered as assessment centres for a new training scheme launched by the Institute of Legal Executives’ Paralegal Training (ILEX PT). The scheme, which provides legal education for non-lawyers, is expected to be assessed through 10 additional assessment centres by Christmas.

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