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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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Solicitors back Taylor on 'knee-jerk' laws claim

CRIMINAL lawyers have come out in support of Lord Chief Justice Taylor after his attack on the Home Office’s “barrage” of criminal justice legislation. Anthony Burton, senior partner at London-based Simon Muirhead Burton, mirrored Lord Taylor’s sentiments when he said: “We reject the knee- jerk piecemeal draconian changes brought about by a party political panic.” […]

Outlaw age discrimination urges report

LEGISLATION to outlaw age discrimination in employment is recommended by a report from the Law Society’s employment law committee. The report, ‘Age discrimination and employment law’, said persuasion and voluntary action had a part to play against ageism, but “lasting change will only come with legislation”. Janet Gaymer, committee chair and partner of City firm […]

Canadian firm on a roll with second govt win

CANADIAN top 10 law firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg has won two contracts on behalf of foreign governments in two months. The Republic of Chile recently asked the firm to assist in drafting a new bilateral free trade agreement with the government of Canada. This follows Goodman Phillips winning a contract in January to draft […]

Blind man's bid to open Law Soc's eyes

A BLIND man who is determined to be a solicitor claims the Law Society is hindering him from gaining articles. Nigel Powell, of Salford, has failed to obtain a training contract since taking his Law Society finals in 1992. He works in Lancashire County Council’s executive legal department but the society will only allow him […]

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