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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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Former Harbottle chief joins Fladgate media practice

Former Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson has joined Fladgate’s media and entertainment practice. Abramson was a litigation partner at Harbottle for 12 years and managing partner from 2005-08, representing clients in the music, television, film, publishing and sports industries. Fladgate head of litigation Simon Ekins said: “His [Abramson] practice is an excellent fit […]

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Saville Inquiry

The conclusion of Lord Saville’s inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday has brought into sharp focus the need to reduce both the cost and duration of public inquiries, according to some of lawyers involved. At a total cost of just under £200m, with 2,500 written witness statements and almost 1,000 oral testimonies, the inquiry […]

Accenture invites tenders in legal rejig

Global management consultancy and outsourcing and technology company Accenture is preparing to overhaul its legal roster. As part of a regular three-year review, UK general counsel Patrick Rowe is drawing up a list of firms, with a view to asking them to pitch for the new panel. Past advisers to the $21.6bn (£14.8bn) business have […]

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London and Kent authorities appoint joint legal panel

A consortium of boroughs in London and Kent have appointed 26 firms to a new joint panel. Around 80 firms competed to advise on a broad spectrum of areas including commercial, employment, environment, litigation, property and regulation. Successful appointees include Dickinson Dees, DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons, Trowers & Hamlins and Wragge & Co, as well […]

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