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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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Ashurst, Ropes & Gray and Sullivan & Cromwell have scored major roles on one of the largest European private equity buyouts of the year – the €1.2bn (£1bn) sale of Belgian manufacturing company Ontex to Goldman Sachs PIA and TPG Capital. An Ashurst team led by private equity partners Simon Beddow and David Carter acted […]

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Birketts aims for top 100 with tie-up

Ipswich firm Birketts is planning to merge with Chelmsford-based Wollastons to create a firm that would be propelled into the top 100 UK firms by turnover. No deal has been reached as yet, but according to ­Birketts managing partner Nigel Farthing, “partners from both firms have confirmed their enthusiasm to progress with negotiations”. If talks […]

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Freshfields scheme aims to up female partner count

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has introduced a pilot mentoring scheme for senior female associates in a bid to up its female partner numbers, echoing the ’female buddy’ initiative it launched in 2006. The ’Strategic Excellence Leadership Programme’, launched in May, will see senior partners from other departments act as mentors to associates, advising on career development. Dispute resolution […]

RSA names new legal chief

Insurance giant RSA has appointed Derek Walsh as group general counsel to succeed Mark Chambers. Insurance giant RSA has appointed Derek Walsh as group general counsel to succeed Mark Chambers. Walsh joins the group from specialist insurer Argo Group, which he joined in December from Benfield Group where he was group general counsel. In his […]

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