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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 […]

Need for formal agreement to swap personal data under GDPR

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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UK lawyers are more willing to slam trial by television

UK and US lawyers found themselves on opposite sides of the fence in a controversial ABA debate on trial by television. The argument was triggered by the OJ Simpson trial. Simpson was seen on national television driving at top speed away from chasing police cars before being apprehended. The public has been well-informed on the […]

Audit Commission warns of financial fraud

The chance of financial fraud is increasing among the privatised areas in the public service sector, says the Audit Commission in its annual report. The commission blames blurring of accountability, leading to “increased risks of waste and more opportunities for dishonesty”. The incidence of fraud in local government appears low but there are “some signs […]

Paisners claims Esop first

City firm Paisner & Co claims to have set up the first statutory employee share option scheme (Esop) since Government reforms to Esop legislation in the 1994 Finance Act in May The scheme involves Tullis Russell, a Scottish papermaking and specialist coating business valued at u37 million. Paisners partner David Cohen says the reforms are […]

Groups support civil service tribunal role

GOVERNMENT plans to let civil service lawyers sit as part-time tribunal chairs may improve the judicial prospects of women and ethnic minority lawyers, say lobby groups. And while the Lord Chancellor’s decision does not go far enough for some civil service lawyers, they say the move will also increase their chances for career changes by […]

QUADS

Sussex firm Rawlison & Butler has launched a new debt recovery package, QUADS. The package is designed to produce step-by-step progress reports prior to commencement of proceedings, judgment in default and enforcement with cost estimates.

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