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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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White & Case opens Palo Alto office

Black joins White & Case from Jackson Tufts Cole & Black as partner. Roy Bartlett also joins as partner from the same firm along with Ellen McGinty King who joins as counsel. Steven Betensky brings the partner count in the new office to three. He joins from White & Case’s New York base. The US […]

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Kamlesh Bahl, former vice-president of the Law Society, told a tribunal last week that a disciplinary hearing in which she faced allegations of bullying was “uncivilised, barbaric and undignified”. The disciplinary hearing took place in December 1999, before the 75-member Law Society council. Bahl is accusing the Law Society of sexual and racial discrimination, victimisation […]

Rakisons and Steptoe & Johnson tie the knot

The two firms had been locked in talks for several months. The UK practice will be known as Steptoe Johnson Rakisons for the first year; after that, Rakisons will be permanently dropped from the name. The US firm will not change its moniker. Steptoe & Johnson chairman Lon Bouknight, who will become chairman of the […]

NAB forms nationwide law panel

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has created a formal nationwide panel for the first time. Long-term adviser Mallesons Stephen Jaques has been retained as its principal firm. There has been a relationship between the two since Mallesons advised NAB on its incorporation in 1858. But following a lengthy review, NAB has appointed nine firms to […]

Lord Chancellor to crack down on use of QCs

Lord Irvine says he plans to introduce much tighter new criteria into the Criminal Legal Aid Regulations which must be met before an application to increase or alter the number or seniority of advocates is made to the Crown Court. In future, he says, it must be shown that the case warrants the assignment of […]

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