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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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Robin Fulton, formerly a private client partner with Shepherd & Wedderburn WS, has joined Turcan Connell in Edinburgh. Silverbeck Rymer has announced the promotion of three lawyers to partners. The new partners are John Mooney, head of the firm’s claimant motor department, Andrea Lally, head of the defendant department, and Joseph Skinner, head of the […]

KPMG's brash ambition cannot be ignored

KPMG’s announcement that it is integrating its European legal network will not immediately strike fear in the hearts of UK law firms. Bringing together so many disparate practices will take a lot of work, and may delay the accountancy firm’s goal of merging with a City law firm. But its decision to follow its big […]

Manchester firm embarks on local poaching spree

Manchester-based 28 St John Street Chambers has poached five leading practitioners from local rivals. The new tenants will join the criminal and family departments this month, making the teams among the strongest in the city. The chambers at 40 King Street have been worst hit, losing Sonia Gal, a leading family practitioner, and Sally Harrison, […]

Martin Cross on insolvency practitioners costs.

Martin Cross is head of litigation at Thomas Eggar Church Adams. The ringing words of Mr Justice Ferris in Mirror Group Newspapers v Maxwell & ors (1998) BCC324 concerning the fees of the receivers sent a chill wind through the offices of all professionals dealing with insolvency work. In the Maxwell case, the receivers took […]

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