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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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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has raided Akin Gump in Moscow for a two-partner real estate team to bolster its practice in Russia. Akin Gump real estate head Vladislav Sourkov and former colleagues, counsel Rustam Aliev and senior associate Dmitry Maltsev, will join the firm in January. Aliev and Sourkov will both join the firm as partners. Sourkov […]

Entertainers to be treated as self-employed for tax purposes

By Rebekah Hayes Following a consultation process that commenced in May this year, the government has approved the repeal of the Social Security (Categorisation of Earners) Regulations 1978 to the extent that they relate to entertainers, with effect from 6 April 2014… If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the […]

Partnerships under pressure: part two

By Niall Murphy This is the second of two looks at new measures being introduced by the Revenue to crack down on what it perceives as the use of partnerships for tax avoidance purposes. In all cases, they counteract what have been reasonably standard- and long-term planning measures. Here Shoosmiths looks at the proposed new measures… […]

Rent as an expense of the administration: an update

We reported in our last newsletter that the High Court has granted permission in the Games Station administration on the question of the circumstances in which rent and service charges are to be treated as an expense of an administration.  The current position, following Goldacre and Luminar, is that rent and service charges payable in advance and which […]

Walker Morris helps Estuary TV to become first local digital terrestrial TV station

Media lawyers at Walker Morris have helped Estuary TV to be the very first station to be launched under the new framework for local digital terrestrial television, announced in 2010 by the government. Estuary TV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Grimsby Institute Group, commenced broadcasting on Freeview channel 8 on 26 November from its three TV […]

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