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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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Herbert Smith is spearheading a network of European law firms to exchange advice on the implications of the “millennium bug”. The Pan-European Advice Network for Year 2000 (PLAN Year 2000) comprises 15 firms with expertise in information technology law, insurance law and cross-border litigation. The network has been set up to deal with disputes arising […]

Firms advise City clients to sack staff

Employment lawyers are sparking a spate of dismissals, primarily in the City, as they advise clients to sack staff – sooner rather than later – before the Fairness at Work Bill comes in later this year. Employment solicitors say dismissals have been increasing since late last year as a result of the impending legislation. Following […]

Counting on the junior bar

Many solicitors are hard-pressed to name a junior banking barrister they have used recently. Work, they say, is increasingly being carried out in-house, at the expense of the junior bar. Once again, 3 Verulam Buildings stands out for its strength in this field. Adrian Beltrami is “extremely good”, Richard de Lacy “knows what he is […]

City firms cash in on £3.75 bn issue

A landmark bond issue could set important precedents, say City lawyers. London & Continental Railways (LCR) is issuing the bond this month to finance the Folkestone to Fawkham section of the Channel Tunnel rail link. In an unprecedented move, the Government has guaranteed the issue for up to £3.75bn. The first tranche will be for […]

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