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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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Simmons puts China and Germany growth ahead of US merger

Simmons & Simmons has put finding a US merger on the backburner, preferring to focus on investment in Germany and China. Managing partner Mark Dawkins told The Lawyer that, although the firm was not pursuing a US merger, last year’s talks with Mayer Brown made him realise “that we sometimes underestimate how strong our name […]

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Hogan Lovells’ pro bono team in legal aid project

Hogan Lovells’ pro bono team has helped develop an initiative urging law firms to release unclaimed client funds to the Access To Justice Foundation. The ’It’s Not Just Peanuts’ campaign has been set up to support free legal access in the wake of major cuts to legal aid and local government funding. Firms are being urged to […]

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What to do with Simmons

The Lawyer today assesses the legacy of Mark Dawkins of Simmons & Simmons, as he prepares to stand down as the firm’s managing partner (see story). Despite its boasting a strong cast of lawyers, high profile court case wins and one of the best-known names in the City, one insider asks, “What’s the point of […]

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Top 20 cases of 2011

Clients are being choosy with their counsel in what promises to be a classic year in the courts. Here are the cases to look out for… 1 British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) & Ors v Ofcom & Ors BSkyB takes on Ofcom in May as it seeks to overturn a decision to force regulated ­wholesale supply […]

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