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Practical insight into Land Registration Act 2002 proposed amendments

By Erin Keating In April 2016, Walker Morris considered the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper which detailed proposed amendments to the Land Registration Act 2002 (the Act). Following an extensive review with industry professionals, a draft bill seeking to implement a wide range of amendments has now been placed before Parliament. Walker Morris’ Louise Power and Erin Keating […]

Jersey employers – brace yourself for extended maternity leave reforms

By Helen Ruelle, Laura Shirreffs Extended maternity and paternity leave provision comes into force from the start of next month and employers need to have updated handbooks, policies and contracts in time for the change. The new rights offer 26 weeks of leave to parents with no qualifying period, with six weeks paid at the employee’s usual full rate […]

New streamlined procedure for pre-application planning advice in Guernsey

By Claire Smith, Martyn Baudains Guernsey’s Development Control team has launched a new, more streamlined procedure for providing pre-application planning advice. The pre-application service, which is free of charge, provides advice and guidance prior to the submission of a planning application on all types of development such as exemptions queries, larger scale projects such as replacement dwellings and works to […]

Pension schemes – staying on the right side of new GDPR rules

By Ellie Taylor New data protection laws mean that employers and pension scheme Trustees need to have a formal agreement in place to swap personal data. The legal landscape for data protection laws in Europe changed significantly on 25 May 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force.  The running of pension schemes […]

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Bridging the gap

For too long, those who practised at the criminal bar on circuit were regarded by many London practitioners and solicitors as country cousins. How things have changed. The local bars on the Western Circuit, in Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol, for example, now all have silks and senior juniors who are highly regarded and sought after […]

Big Six law firms in France square up for names battle

Law firms in France with links to the Big Six accountancy firms may seek compensation from the French government if they are forced to change their names, according to one lawyer embroiled in the debate. The battle centres around the conflicting provisions of a law passed in 1992, which has only just come into force. […]

Counting the cost of a new civil approach

The Lord Chancellor’s policy of recovering the full cost of the civil courts through fees is wrong in principle, because it assumes the civil courts only operate for the benefit of court users, and wrong in practice, because it erects barriers to justice for people on low or modest incomes. Civil litigation, particularly in a […]

Former Alsops staff lose own offices in Manchester move

Former Alsop Wilkinson partners are bracing themselves to work in open-plan offices when Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Manchester staff move into one of the two new city centre Great Bridgewater blocks. The move coincides with Addleshaw Booth & Co’s and Masons’ relocation to the block next door. Donns is also moving, from Cross Street, its home […]

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