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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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Shearman unveils new global management team

Shearman & Sterling has unveiled its new global management team with German partner Georg Thoma and New York-based John Madden appointed co-managing partners of the firm. Corporate partner Thoma established Shearman & Sterling’s German operation in 1991 and served as European managing partner from 1994 to 2000. He will continue in his role as managing […]

British Energy legal fees to hit £60m

Legal fees for the mammoth British Energy restructuring are about to overtake the payout to law firms on Marconi. Advisory fees to law firms on the Marconi restructuring totalled around £56m, of which £31m went to Allen & Overy. It is understood that costs on British Energy, which are particularly controversial as they are footed […]

Lovells accused of ‘drafting witness statements’ as Villalba draws to close

Counsel for Stephanie Villalba, the former investment banker suing Merrill Lynch in a record £7.5m discrimination claim, last week made a closing statement alleging the bank’s law firm Lovells had “centrally drafted” witness statements. Dinah Rose of Blackstone Chambers, instructed by Lewis Silkin, told the employment tribunal in Croydon that there was “strong evidence” that […]

Doing things by half

Masons, in the run-up to its incomprehensible merger with Pinsents, continues to show admirable precision in its press releases. In a tome that reached Lawyer Towers last week, the firm announced the hire of Yvonne Dunn. The former Wright Johnston & Mackenzie partner joined the firm’s (that’s Masons’) Glasgow office as its first appointment since […]

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