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Hamel-Smith Forum

The Lawyers Newsletter for Business Professionals – keeping you abreast of new developments in Trinidad and Tobago. Download the latest issue in PDF format today or register to receive the publication regularly by email.

Current Issue

  • Revisiting Cross-Border Secured Financing
  • Liability under a “Labour Only” Contract

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March 2017

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  • Unequally Equal’ – Circumventing the Pari Passu Rule
  • Navigating Uncharted Territory in Guava Season: Secured Creditors’ Rights on Insolvency
  • Fair Competition Coming: The Fair Trading Act

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October 2016

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  • Insolvency:  Obligations and Liabilities of Directors – Part II
  • A Client’s Guide to Civil Litigation Revisited:  The Stages of Civil Litigation – Part II

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July 2016

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  • Insolvency: Obligations and Liabilities of Directors
  • A Client’s Guide to Civil Litigation Revisited: The Stages of Civil Litigation

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March 2016

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  • Buyer Beware: A Brief Guide to Obtaining a Foreign Investor’s Licence
  • The Private Labelling Trend
  • Mediating the Civil Dispute in Trinidad & Tobago: “Theoretically Sound, Practically Useless?”

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November 2015

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  • Too Much Information?  The Risks of Using Social Media to Screen Recruits
  • Brand Protection: Guarding Against Online Infringement
  • Virtual Piracy: How to Protect Your Domain Name

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August 2015

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  • When is a Shareholder a Shareholder, Or Not?  The Importance of Side Notes in Statutory Interpretation
  • “Not Broken, Just Bent” – Facilitating Financial Rehabilitation via the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act

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May 2015

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  • “Not Broken, Just Bent” – Facilitating Financial Rehabilitation via the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
  • Proving Passing Off

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November 2014

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  • Tackling Trademark Infringement
  • The Securities (Amendment) Act, 2014: A Step Forward
  • Of Critical Importance: The Role of the Corporate Secretary in Corporate Governance
  • Employment Law Update: The Proposed Minimum Wages Order 2014

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April 2014

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  • Stay Ahead of the Game: How to Manage the impact of the World Cup on your Workplace
  • Passing the Baton: Nicole Ferreira-Aaron appointed Managing Partner of Hamel-Smith
  • The Long(er) Arm of the Law – Stretching the Four Corners of a Written Act
  • Not Your Employee? You May Still Be Liable for his Injury
  • Penalty Clauses – When Are They Justified?

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January 2014

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  • Is Your Company Up to Code? A Review of the New Corporate Governance Code
  • A Face That (Could) Launch A Thousand Suits
  • The U.K. Bribery Act: Across the Pond to Our Shores
  • ‘Use It or Face Losing It’! Protecting Trademarks Through Use

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October 2013

  • Access to the Foreign Market – The Securities Act, 2012!
  • Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Budget Measures
  • Legal Advice Privilege – Reserved to Advice Given by Lawyers!
  • Winning the Shell Game: How the Oppression Remedy Can Be Used to Recover Unpaid Judgments!

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March 2013

  • Issues and Investors Beware: The Securities Act 2012 is Here!
  • Related Party Transactions and Transfer Pricing: A Brief Introduction – Part II
  • Shades of Grey… Navigating the parallel import market!

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December 2012

  • Related Party Transactions and Transfer Pricing: A Brief Introduction
  • Get Those Goods Moving out of T&T: The Ins and Outs of Regional Trade

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November 2012

  • Distribution Agreements: Written Agreements Talk and Oral Assertions Walk
  • Our Right to Privacy: A Review of the Data Protection Act

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June 2012

  • Emerging Discrimination Claims Under the Equal Opportunity Act: What Employers Need to Know
  • Taking a New Stab at Piercing ‘the Corporate Veil’.
  • Electronic Transactions: Sign Here?
  • The Value of Trademark Registration

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March 2012

  • Registering Your Slogan as a Trademark
  • Cash is King – Are You Judgment Rich and Money Poor?
  • Electronic Transactions: Forming the Electronic Contract
  • Proposed Legislative Reforms to the Public Procurement Regime: A Review

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October 2011

  • Negligent Valuations… You Stand To Lose
  • Forging Ahead with Electronic Transactions
  • The Information Freeway: Is Your Company Exposed?

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May 2011

  • Still Paying for Crime Not to Pay
  • Workplace Injuries – Employers’ Duty and Liability

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November 2010

  • Endeavour Obligations: When doing your best is not the best you can do
  • Court Annexexed Mediation Comes to Trinidad and Tobago
  • Paying Again for Crime Not to Pay

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June 2010

  • Are You Lurking in the Shadows?
  • Senatorial Appointment – Timothy Hamel-Smith
  • Insider Trading
  • Paying for Crime Not to Pay

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April 2010

  • A Client’s Guide to Litigation
  • Mediation:  A Better Way to Solve Disputes?

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November 2009

  • Celebrating our Centenary
  • Enduring for 100 Years and Beyond
  • A Client’s Guide to Litigation
  • Expert Determination: A Quick and Inexpensive Solution

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January 2009

  • To sell or not to sell: A receiver’s dilemma?
  • Due diligence – Before you seal the deal?
  • Cross-border transactions managing the risks

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June 2008

  • Using Exclusion Clauses to Limit you Business Ricks: How effective are they?
  • Do Patients Have a Right to their Medical Records?

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February 2008

  • Be Careful What You Say: Representations and Non-Reliance Clauses
  • Twice The Commission for One Sale? The Risk of Double Estate Agent Commission

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August 2007

  • The Trinidad & Tobago Investment Policy 2007-2012: Investors Paradise?
  • Foreign Mutual Funds
  • A Guide to the Water Pollution Rules

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April 2007

  • New Proposed Trade Mark Legislation in Trinidad & Tobago
  • Raising Capital Through Trade Marks
  • Consumer Protection and the Law
  • Mala Fides and the Constitution: A Moot Point?

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December 2006

  • Consumer Protection and the Law
  • Risks And Duties Of Arrangers
  • The Environmental Management Authority and Natural Justice

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September 2006

  • Understanding Trinidad and Tobago’s New Maritime Boundaries
  • Residential Developments: Questions Frequently Asked by Purchasers

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May 2006

  • Cross Border Financing: The Challenges of Withholding Tax
  • Appellate Mooting Competition
  • Pre-Action Protocols – Crisis or Opportunity?

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January 2006

  • Transition Planning for the Not-So-Golden Years
  • Reducing the Risks of E-mail

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September 2005

  • Banks left Floating
  • The importance of making and updating my will

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May 2005

  • Corporate Governance in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Appellate Mooting Lessons

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