Month: June 2013

Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP Most Frequently Recommended in Labour Relations Toronto

The 2013 Lexpert Canadian Directory was released this week. We congratulate all the firms and lawyers listed therein. Congratulations particularly to Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP for its several recognitions – including Most Frequently Recommended in Labour (Management) Relations Toronto. Regrettably, Lexpert omitted reference to this achievement from the print edition of the Directory.

Myriad Could Lead to More Trade Secrets

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago invalidating the patentability of isolated, naturally occurring DNA segments could lead more biotechnology firms to conceal their discoveries, rather than enter the patent process. “A possible consequence is that some companies may consider keeping their discoveries as trade secrets rather than entering the patent process,” says Melanie

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Bell’s bid to acquire Astral gets regulatory approval

The CRTC approved BCE’s bid to acquire Astral Media’s television and radio services on Thursday. Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, stated in a press release: “Astral’s application put forward a different approach and responded to many of our concerns. Yet there remained a significant risk that BCE could exert its market power to limit choice and competition. To ensure

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2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory now online

The 2013 annual Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory is now online. Check out which lawyers across Canada have been identified as leading in their areas of practice. First published in February of 1997, this seventeenth annual edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has expanded its coverage to the identification of leading law firms and practitioners

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Stewart McKelvey advises Sobeys on $5.8B deal

It’s a “Big Deal” worth $5.8 billion …  Empire Co Ltd, the operator of Sobeys, will acquire Safeway Inc’s Canadian assets in the largest deal in Canada so far this year. Lead counsel for Sobeys and its parent Empire is Stewart McKelvey, with a team of lawyers based in Halifax. In addition, Stikeman Elliott LLP is assisting on

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BLG Gets Nod from ACC: Value Champion

The Association of Corporate Counsel has announced its 12 “Value Champions” for 2013 — and a major Canadian law firm has been recognized for its innovative pricing structure. Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is the only Canadian firm mentioned as part of the initiative — which honours co-operation between firms and law departments — for its

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The new cachet of labour and employment practice

Labour and employment is by no means a new practice area, but it has evolved in such a way that there appears to be a new found interest in the area. How else could one explain the fact that the respected labour and employment boutique Spectrum HR Law LLP has disbanded and all its lawyers

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Nominations open for Lexpert’s 2013 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 awards

Lexpert is now accepting nominations for its Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 award. This year, the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 will honour lawyers from law firms, in-house and potentially government. We encourage lawyers to nominate other lawyers with whom they have worked. Lexpert will select the finalists based on the criteria

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