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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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A West End law firm fined £400,000 two years ago for its involvement in a boiler room share scam is being liquidated following a winding-up petition brought by a former employee. The High Court has ruled that Atlantic Law, which owed over £160,000 to Herbert Smith as recently as 2010, be wound up under the […]

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Allen & Overy and Allen & Gledhill call time on tie-up talks

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill have called off tie-up talks after failing to agree terms. The two firms announced their decision today (26 March), four months after The Lawyer first revealed that they were holding exploratory talks (3 November 2011). A spokesperson for A&O said: “We’ve concluded our discussion with Allen […]

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Channel Islands imports must carry VAT, court rules

High Street retailers will not escape VAT on imports into the UK from the Channel Islands, the High Court has ruled. Mr Justice Mitting rejected a judicial review bid by Jersey and Guernsey against the Government’s decision to stop imports of goods by mail order from the islands being VAT free. The market, which is […]

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Cobbetts managing partner to step down from top job

Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw has announced that he is stepping down after 16 years in the role. Shaw will not seek re-election when his current term comes to an end later this year, but will instead become a consultant to the firm and a new managing partner will be elected. In a statement, Shaw […]

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Partners in crime

More top lawyers are being rumbled for financial wrongdoing In all lines of business there will be people who decide to abuse their position for personal gain, but when it is a lawyer doing so, it just feels that much more heinous – like hearing a vicar swear. Between 2010 and 2011, an unusually high […]

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