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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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In brief: Sinclair Roche & Temperley

Sinclair Roche & Temperley is battling to keep Korea’s second-largest conglomerate Daewoo afloat. Head of company and commercial Kevin Dean is leading a team of six London-based lawyers and four in Hong Kong, advising Daewoo UK, Daewoo Cars and Daewoo Hong Kong. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising Daewoo in Seoul.

In brief: The Lawyer

The Lawyer and Unicef’s Child Rights Lawyer Award has a new judge. Peter Harris, the former Official Solicitor will join Baroness Scotland QC, Sir John Waite, David Hershman and Andrew McFarlane QC on the panel of judges for the Child Rights Lawyer Awards held by The Lawyer and UNICEF. The closing date for nominations is […]

Lincoln's Inn faces employment protest

Lincoln’s Inn is facing embarrassment as builders working on a multi-million pound chambers refurbishment threaten action over alleged breaches of employment legislation. Nearly 50 builders working on refits at four, five and six New Square Chambers claim they have not received their holiday entitlement. And they are threatening to chain themselves to railings at Lincoln’s […]

Councils must pay mental health bill

Many local authorities throughout the country face having their budgets thrown into disarray by a new High Court ruling over funding of accommodation for discharged mental patients. Mr Justice Sullivan has ruled that authorities are not entitled to insist on discharged patients paying for the accommodation it is stipulated they must live in as a […]

Red faces as CC cries Wolfgang

Bringing together two law firms in different countries is not an easy job – so a few hiccups are to be expected, especially, it seems, when it comes to learning foreign names. For example, a Wolfgang in a London office would stand out like a sore thumb. So Clifford Chance could be forgiven for mixing […]

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