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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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Signs of the dedication needed to run law firms north of the border reached Tulkinghorn last week when it emerged that Burness’s sprightly chairman Philip Rodney has just hired a personal trainer. “I’m attempting to hold back the years,” claimed Rodney, who added that the trainer was in the habit of doing things to his […]

Shell censured for flouting Nigerian rule of law with ‘gas flaring’

Shell has been accused of ignoring the rule of law in Nigeria, with one of the company’s own former lawyers leading the legal fight. Peter Roderick was a lawyer at Shell between 1985 and 1991 and is now the co-director of the Climate Justice Programme at environmental charity Friends of the Earth. Friends of the […]

Latham bags Germany’s biggest IPO

Latham & Watkins has scooped a lead role on Germany’s largest IPO so far this year, with its first piece of major corporate work for telecoms company Versatel. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom advised Apax as selling shareholder in the €829m (£565.8m) flotation, with Holme Roberts & Owen’s Munich office advising on some German-law […]

Atkin seals lords Construction act first

Atkin Chambers has won the first Construction Act 1996 case to reach the House of Lords with a majority of three to two. The case considered whether provisions that suspend a contractor’s entitlement to payment in the event of insolvency fall foul of the Construction Act. Contractor Melville Dundas went into insolvency after making several […]

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