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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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An instruction to choo over

Tulkinghorn does not claim to completely understand the criteria used by companies in the process of selecting their external legal advisers, but this little tale has left him totally bemused.Law firms are forever being told by their clients to justify their continued instruction on the basis of cost, quality of advice, locality, specialist knowledge and […]

The proud father

DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles is still shouting about his firm’s ambitions to conquer London and Europe. City firms – sneer at your peril Nigel Knowles and I did not start off on the best of terms. In fact, the second time I ever spoke to him, he yelled at me for about a quarter […]

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As if Enron wasn’t bad enough, last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) came as yet another blow to the cause of accountancy-tied law firms.The ECJ’s decision, which upheld the Dutch Bar’s ban on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs), was the culmination of years of litigation. That litigation was sparked by Andersen Legal and […]

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Email ‘abuse’ in the workplace has been big news in recent months. It’s not surprising, then, that one law firm has decided to conduct a breakfast meeting for clients on the very subject.The briefing asserts that the firm will “consider the use and abuse of email by employees, including confidentiality issues, an employer’s liabilities to […]

Top Brunei lawyer accused of 'threatening' behaviour

Courts to hear country’s first ever civil claim to be brought against practising lawyer The Brunei courts are set to hear their first civil suit against a lawyer accused of unfit conduct.Prominent Brunei architects firm Booty Edwards & Rakan-Rakan has accused a senior partner in a local law firm of threatening behaviour and attempted bribery.The […]

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