Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Wills, Estates and Succession Act Now In Force

The long-awaited Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) is now in force.  The website of the Province of British Columbia (Ministry of Justice) has created a very useful summary page, including a summary of the main benefits as follows:

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Accomplished healthcare attorney Tara Goff Kamradt joins the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins

Chicago, Illinois (April 1, 2014) – Well-respected healthcare and corporate attorney Tara Goff Kamradt, formerly a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP, has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member in the Business Department. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, Kamradt is working with a team of more than 25 highly skilled attorneys in the firm’s national healthcare practice.

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LMA14 – Relationships & Inspiration

If you follow me on social media this week, you’re going to see a LOT of talk about #LMA14 – that’s the Legal Marketing Association’s annual conference, which takes place in Orlando this week (a welcome respite to those of us in the cold, cold north who have pretty much forgotten what sunlight looks like).

The LMA conference is a true highlight of my year, and not just because I’m not responsible for the planning and execution of the event for a change. The programming and thoughtful conversations with the best of the best in my industry always gets me thinking, acts like a “reset” button for my brain, and gets me inspired to return to my desk full of new ideas and renewed enthusiasm.

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CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS NAMES HOWARD & HOWARD ATTORNEY JOSEPH J. DEVITO ‘DEAL MAKER OF THE YEAR – ADVISOR CATEGORY’ AS PART OF THE 2014 M&A AWARDS

Royal Oak, Michigan, March 31, 2014Crain’s Detroit Business, in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth – Detroit Chapter, recently named Howard & Howard’s Joseph J. DeVito ‘Deal Maker of the Year – Advisor Category’ as part of the 2014 M&A Awards.

Now in its seventh year, Crain’s M&A awards honors winners and finalists, recognizing top merger and acquisition deals. The awards will be presented 5-9 p.m. April 16 in cooperation with the Detroit chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. More…

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Scott D. Marrs, an Arbitrator and a Partner at Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, has been appointed by the Panel Selection Committee of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) to its distinguished Panel of Arbitrators

Scott D. Marrs, an Arbitrator and a Partner at Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, has been appointed by the Panel Selection Committee of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) to its distinguished Panel of Arbitrators.  More…

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Myanmar – Upstream Oil & Gas Update

In this briefing we comment on the recent award of offshore blocks in Myanmar.

Offshore Blocks

While Myanmar is traditionally known to be a net importer of oil, it has the potential to hold undiscovered offshore oil and gas reserves. According to BP’s annual global analysis report 2012, Myanmar has a reported 7.8 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves, estimated to be worth US$75 billion. While a portion of this gas is located onshore, a significant portion is expected to be found in blocks located offshore. More…

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Regular overtime counted towards High Income Threshold

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has held that income earned from regular overtime can count towards the calculation of the high income threshold for unfair dismissal applications.

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) an employee is jurisdictionally barred from making an unfair dismissal application if they earn over the high income threshold which is currently $129,300 per annum and they are not covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement. More…

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‘Reasonable Endeavours’ clause gives little comfort in supply agreements

In a recent decision, the High Court has held that a group of gas suppliers in Western Australia did not breach their obligations to use “reasonable endeavours” to supply additional gas at a contract price to the Electricity Generation Corporation, because in doing so the Suppliers would have to forgo their own business interests in supplying gas at a much higher price. More…

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Good News for Lenders when enforcing securities executed under Power of Attorney

In 2006 a lender advanced $3.11m to a corporate entity of which the attorney was a shareholder and director.  The attorney’s mother gave a guarantee of company’s debt, supported by a mortgage over three security properties.

The mother was resident in a nursing home at the time of entry into the transaction.  The son executed the guarantee and mortgages on her behalf under a power of attorney given by the mother prior to her entry into the nursing home. More…

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Update on new bullying jurisdiction

The Fair Work Commission’s bullying jurisdiction has now been in operation for about three months.  As you would expect, in that time, there have been very few decisions handed down and, as a result, there continues to be some uncertainty amongst employers as to the likely reach of the jurisdiction. More…

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