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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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Irish suicide solicitor leaves £10m compensation claims

FORMER clients of a wealthy Dublin solicitor, who killed himself as his accounts were being investigated, have lodged compensation claims with the Irish Law Society totalling £l0 million. It is the largest amount claimed in relation to one legal practice since the Solicitors’ Compensation Fund was established. Now the society has begun an action against […]

Pannones strikes at PI niche

A BOOM in automatic strike-out negligence cases against personal injury solicitors is set to provide a niche market to Pannone & Partners through a novel use of conditional fees. The firm will focus on the strike-outs of cases under Order 17 Rule 11 where solicitors have been caught by the ’15 month rule’ and, usually […]

Judge to lead Barings action group

RETIRED appeal judge Sir Patrick Neill has agreed to lead the SJ Berwin legal team advising the Barings 9.25 per cent Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG) in its attempt to recover £100 million lost in the bank’s collapse. Sir Patrick will work with, among others, SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone who was appointed chair of […]

Bill poses threat for actuaries

Nicholson Graham & Jones (NG&J) is warning actuaries that the new Pensions Bill, which received Royal assent on 20 July, will significantly change their future role. NG&J partner Ian Pittaway says: “This Act is potentially very dangerous for actuaries.” NG&J lawyers had expected wholesale amendments to the Bill due to the deficiencies of its drafting, […]

Defining a duty of care to residents

A legal battle with wide ranging implications for local authorities anxious to hive off unprofitable residential care responsibilities to the private sector is now to be considered by the Law Lords. In June the Court of Appeal ruled that the Department of Health was wrong when it told councils they could not opt out completely […]

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