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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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Stricken Martineaus stakes profit recovery on management rejig

As partners vote with their feet, Husnara Begum asks how the new leadership will turn the firm around Last week, Birmingham’s Martineau Johnson suffered the loss of head of private client Matthew Hansell to Mills & Reeve. As first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (30 October), this was the second head of department departure this year, […]

3 Verulam Buildings loses Birch to arbitration

3 Verulam Buildings barrister Elizabeth Birch has pulled out of court work to focus entirely on sitting as an arbitrator and mediator. One of the first to qualify as a mediator in 1995, she will continue to receive work through her old chambers. Her practice has focused largely on maritime law, information technology, insurance and […]

Libel bar fights back against newspapers’ demands

A row has erupted over proposals from a group of in-house media lawyers to stop instructed barristers from acting against them. One Brick Court and 5 Raymond Buildings and Russell Jones & Walker have written strongly-worded letters to The Lawyer in defence of the current system, which requires barristers to accept ‘cab rank’ instructions. Last […]

Newborn’s Weil Gotshal move pays off in spades

Steve Newborn, the last of the Clifford Chance ‘super-pointers’, will be paid £1.5m a year at his new home, Weil Gotshal & Manges. The pay package equates to what the antitrust rainmaker earned at Clifford Chance last year. Newborn was due to have his additional points cut from 200 to 150 this uear. Based on […]

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