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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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Osborne Clarke profit up 18 per cent as London and Germany grow

Osborne Clarke recorded a solid 18 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) from £360,000 in 2004/5 to £425,000 for the last financial year. Despite increased profit for three years running, the Bristol-based firm has fallen short of the emerging £500,000 PEP benchmark for mid-tier firms. Managing parter Simon Beswick attributed the […]

Travers picks senior partner replacement

Travers Smith has elected former managing partner Alasdair Douglas as its new senior partner, replacing the retiring Christopher Bell. Douglas takes up his new role on 1 July and will also continue fee-earning in the tax department. He was previously managing partner between 1995 and 2001, before being replaced by Chris Carroll. Bell has been […]

DLA Piper and Orrick go to court as China row escalates

The bitter feud between DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe over Coudert Brothers’ Beijing office has reached boiling point as the rivals prepare to face each other in court. The slanging match flared up after an associate within the team that defected to DLA Piper filed a lawsuit against Coudert Beijing, […]

Addleshaws aims high as PEP instils confidence

Addleshaw Goddard has boosted its profit per equity partner (PEP) by 16.7 per cent, but has fallen short of managing partner Mark Jones’ ambitious £500,000 target. PEP reached £472,000, while the firm’s fee income increased to £161.2m in the 2005-06 financial year, representing a 16 per cent increase. The turnover increase includes an FRS5 uplift […]

North East development body names seven-firm panel

Pinsent Masons, Newcastle’s Ward Hadaway and Scots firm McGrigors have landed spots on the new-look legal panel for regional development body One North East while Eversheds and local firms Dickinson Dees and Robert Muckle have retained their places. The new panel is split into six distinct groups: corporate, employment and regulatory, IP, tourism, property, and […]

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