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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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ABA set to debate euthanasia proposal

The powerful American Bar Association (ABA) will be asked to support the legalisation of euthanasia at its annual conference in San Francisco later this month. The proposal has been put forward by the Beverley Hills Bar Association (BHBA), which wants the 370,000-strong ABA to support legislation allowing what it describes as “physician-assisted suicide” for terminally-ill […]

Hill Taylor insolvency team decamps to NGJ

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones has poached four insolvency lawyers from Hill Taylor Dickinson. Paul Oughton, head of one of Hill Taylor’s two insolvency groups, is moving with his entire team – associate Tony Griffiths and assistants Lucy Edwards and Sally Rich – to NGJ’s insolvency group this month. The insolvency specialists were looking […]

SFLA seeks assurances on legal aid for children

FAMILY lawyers are seeking assurances from the government that it is not planning to water down the legal aid entitlements of children in family cases. Rosemary Carter, vice-chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), met with Geoff Hoon, the parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, last Friday, to discuss the issue. Her request […]

Tree damage falls to councils

An Appeal Court decision has set a costly precedent for local authorities over damage caused by trees, says Roger Pearson The recent dry summers have played havoc with the foundations of properties throughout the UK and subsidence has become common. Home-owners have learned to their cost that trees, which they may have been told posed […]

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