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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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Employers faced with making workers redundant have several alternatives  While the UK economy may not be technically in recession, it certainly has not recovered from the global slowdown as well or quickly as was hoped. Indeed, it is still teetering on the brink. Many employers are facing the inevitability of redundancies, taking the view […]

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A&O and Herbies lead on major software merger

Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith and Swiss firm Homburger have won lead roles on the proposed £2bn merger of Misys and Temenos, two major European banking software companies. A&O corporate partner George Knighton advised longstanding client Misys on the deal, for which the parties have reached an agreement. Herbert Smith partner Will Pearce advised […]

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McGrigors and Pinsents vote in favour of merger

McGrigors and Pinsent Masons have agreed to merge following a partner vote that closed on Friday, 3 February. The combined firm will operate as Pinsent Masons, as first reported in The Lawyer on 2 February. The £282m firm will have over 2,500 staff, including 1,500 lawyers, across offices in the UK, Asia and the Middle […]

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King & Spalding posts double-digit PEP increase

King & Spalding (K&S) has posted its financial results for 2011, revealing a higher than current average increase in both revenue and average profits. Total revenue was up by 9 per cent from $718m to $781m while average profit per equity partner rose 12 per cent from $1.73m to $1.93m. Last year K&S had a […]

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DAC Beachcroft wins prayer fight for atheist councillor

DAC Beachcroft has convinced the High Court that to hold prayers before council meetings is unlawful under the Local Government Act (1972). The National Secular Society instructed partner Stephen Hocking to challenge Bideford Town Council in Devon over whether it could hold prayers as part of the normal course of the meeting. Matrix Chambers’ David […]

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