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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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SRA delays force Parabis to defer Duke Street investment

Insurance firm Parabis has been forced to delay its ABS deal with private equity house Duke Street because the SRA is struggling to cope with the flow of post Legal Services Act applications. It is understood that the Parabis deal was expected to complete this week, but delays in the application process has caused the […]

CC partner’s Hong Kong bother

As news comes in that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to stand down in December, one Clifford Chance partner will be feeling the need for an intercessor. Asia head Peter Charlton has been arrested in Hong Kong after a road accident in which the former global corporate head was reportedly driving a Jaguar after consuming […]

France’s De Pardieu and China’s Allbright enter into cooperation

Chinese firm Allbright Law Offices has signed its first formal cooperation agreement with a firm from another jurisdiction following the move of Allbright lawyer Ghislain de Mareuil to France’s De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. De Mareuil has joined De Pardieu as a counsel to head up a Chinese desk in Paris, following two years as a […]

Vos J threatens phone-hacking firms with group litigation order as costs spiral

High Court judge Mr Justice Vos has ordered firms involved in the wave of phone-hacking cases to find a more efficient method of working or risk their clients being forced into a group litigation order [GLO] represented by a single firm. The move comes in response to claims that costs in cases that have so […]

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