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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 […]

Public law case update

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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Keystone system wins DJ Freeman's backing

CITY firm DJ Freeman has become the first practice in the UK to “go live” with the Keystone practice management system that Ashurst Morris Crisp scrapped two months ago at an estimated cost of £1m. DJ Freeman successfully completed its £1m, 18-month project to implement Keystone Systems’ practice management system on 1 July – curbing […]

Does anyone care who runs the Law Society?

With apathy once again winning the elections, Shaun Pye wonders whether this is the start of yet another year of talk and no action Congratulations. By reading even this far you have identified yourself as one of a select, and dwindling, band of lawyers who give a jot about who runs the Law Society. For […]

Renovating the law

The existing housing laws have been described as uncertain and unsatisfactory, but the implementation of new legislation has been hampered by political issues, says Mike Yuille A roof over one’s head may seem to be a citizen’s inalienable right. But in both landlord and tenant law, and the related housing law field, there are still […]

Ambassador lands advisory role at Akin Gump

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired US ambassador to Belgium, Alan Blinken, as a part-time senior adviser in its Washington DC office. Blinken, who retires in August and was once managing director of investment bank Wertheim Schroder & Co, is a supporter of the Democratic party. He had little experience of […]

Linklaters agrees to Euro-giant

Linklaters’ partnership has voted “yes” to its merger with four of the firms in the Alliance of European Lawyers – to create the largest federation of lawyers in the BAD Sources say a new French firm will be brought into the alliance to replace Jeantet – likely to be respected Paris practice Rambaud Martel. And […]

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