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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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Virgin territory

The British Virgin Islands has recently introduced legislation aimed at satisfying international regulatory requirements, and more is planned. By Stephen Moverley Smith During the late 1990s a number of low-tax jurisdictions, including the British Virgin Islands (BVI), were the subject of a concerted campaign by a number of pan-jurisdictional entities, such as the EU, the […]

Project and serve

Amec’s shift from construction to a primarily services-based company is a strategic switch that has come good. Jodi Bartle reports on its progress Amec, a hybrid project management and services company comprising engineering, construction and projects, sports the dubious claim of being one of the largest UK companies currently in Iraq, having won lucrative power […]

Shaw Pittman opens in Taiwan

US firm Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwanese firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu joined Shaw Pittman in April and will head the Taipei office, which will primarily be advising clients on intellectual property issues. “We’re here today because we believe the future of […]

Beachcrofts attracts Hammonds employment ace

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has scooped an employment partner from Hammonds. Harmajindar Hayre joins Beachcrofts from Hammonds’ Leeds office, where he was a partner for a year. His arrival strengthens Beachcrofts’ growing employment practice both nationally and in Yorkshire. The firm now has 13 employment partners nationwide and a large team of assistant solicitors. Hayre does both […]

Govt puts diversity drive into gear

The government last week announced a new consultation designed to increase diversity within the judiciary. Launched by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer and the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, the consultation has been welcomed by the Law Society and the Bar Council. Proposals include reforming the appointments process for judges to encourage diversity and allowing […]

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