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Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

Executors may not realise they have an income tax liability

By Dominic Cole The Telegraph reports this morning that many executors are not aware that they are liable to pay taxes on income produced by estate assets during the administration period. Executors are personally liable to pay the tax and therefore, if they distribute the whole estate thinking there is nothing else to pay, they may […]

Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

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Merger forms Durham giant

Seven-partner, five-office Durham firm Blackett Hart & Pratt has merged with four-partner Walton Hardy & Clough to form one of County Durham’s largest practices. Partner Karen Thompson has also joined as a lateral hire from Newcastle’s Deas Mallen Souter, and will do financial services work. Former Blackett Hart assistants Ursula Collie, Catherine Shewan and Annabel […]

Eversheds swallows Palmers to gain Cambridge practice

MERGER-hungry Eversheds is to take over Cambridge firm Palmer Wheeldon in November to realise its long-held ambition to open in the university city. When the merger goes ahead as planned, Eversheds will challenge Mills & Reeve’s position as the largest practice in East Anglia. After taking on Palmer Wheeldon’s 22 fee earners, Eversheds will have […]

Gun amnesty compensation

The House of Lords has adjourned consideration of a Home Office challenge to moves by a gun owner who is seeking to sue over its alleged failure to pay compensation. David Steed claims he handed in his firearms in July last year in accordance with the terms of the Firearm (Amendment) Act 1997, but by […]

Wilde Sapte hit by Paris defections and NY disclosure

Wilde Sapte has shut its New York office and lost at least half its Paris fee earners in a shattering blow to the firm’s international ambitions. If the Paris office shuts it will leave the firm with only one European beachhead in Brussels and outposts in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Senior asset finance associate Matthieu […]

In brief: CPS woman questioned in corruption probe

The Metropolitan Police have denied reports that the scope of an ongoing investigation into corruption has been widened to include CPS and defence lawyers. However, the CPS has confirmed that a woman CPS employee has been questioned in relation to the enquiry.

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