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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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Accountants and foreign firms come top in French fees table

A survey of French law firms has revealed that they are losing the fight against the accountancy-linked giants and Anglo-Saxon rivals. Fidal, KPMG’s affiliated firm, has increased the gap between itself and its competitors with gross fees nearly double the size of Landwell’s, the second-placed firm. International firms and the big five accountancy firms have […]

Scuffle of the week

British Olympic gold medal winner Richard Faulds has lost a court case brought against him by residents in his home town. Dead-eyed Dick, as he has been tagged in Australia, won gold in the clay pigeon double trap event against stiff competition. However, neighbours in Longparish near Andover have won a case prohibiting the 23-year-old […]

Investors urge M&A lawyers to get active

Institutional investors are forcing lawyers to take a more proactive approach in providing business advice on the future of their clients’ companies. According to Colin Roy, managing director and co-head of investment banking in Germany at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, institutional investors have become increasingly vocal during the decision-making process in takeover situations. Speaking at […]

Lovells hires partner for Moscow

Lovells is bucking the trend by expanding its Moscow office as other firms retreat from the region. US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is considering pulling out of Moscow, and Eversheds dissolved its office only a month ago (The Lawyer, 18 September). Lovells, though, is taking on Larry George as a second partner for […]

Andersen Legal attacks Dutch Bar

Andersen Legal has sent a warning to the Dutch Bar by publishing a critical report on the bar’s ban of associations between law firms and accountants. The report, entitled “Fair Competition and the Practice of Law in The Netherlands”, was released at the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Amsterdam on 22 September. It attacks […]

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