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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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Home Office awards groundbreaking IT 2000 PFI contract to the Sirius consortium, worth £350m during a 10-year period. The Home Office advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Anthony Loring). The Sirius consortium comprised ICL, advised by Linklaters (Anne Vallely), PriceWaterhouse-Coopers, advised by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (Kit Burden) and Global Crossing.

Athlete Wins Undisclosed Libel Damages From BBC

Whitbread’s lawyer, Graham Atkins, an associate with Campbell Hooper, secured damages and an apology from the BBC in an out of court settlement. The action arose after two of the panellists on They Think It’s All Over falsely suggested that Whitbread had unnaturally high levels of testosterone in her blood during her career. After the […]

Thompsons opts for corporate structure

Personal injury firm Thompsons has defied years of legal tradition by becoming the first major law firm to structure itself as a plc. After the changes partners will no longer have the power to vote on major decisions. Thompsons has appointed a three-member executive board and is currently electing a supervisory board which will ensure […]

Scottish courts crisis deepens

The temporary sheriffs – recently made redundant following an appeal court ruling that they contravene the European Convention on Human Rights, introduced in Scotland in May – are now being challenged on different grounds. It is claimed the use of temporary sheriffs on a permanent, albeit part-time basis, contravenes the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971, […]

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