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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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Hogan Lovells names 24 to partner in 2015 firmwide promotions round

Hogan Lovells has announced the results of its 2015 promotions round, with 24 appointments to partner positions across the firm including five in London. The firm’s 2015 promotions spread has seen nine new partners in the firm’s corporate practice, six in litigation, arbitration and employment, five in government regulatory, two in finance and two in intellectual […]

Cooley takes the plunge at long last with London launch

Cooley has planted its flag at last in London soil. The tech firm had been waiting for the right moment , and this week entered the City with a bang by raiding US rivals Edwards Wildman and Morrison & Foerster . The launch coincided with the conclusion of the merger between Edwards Wildman and Locke […]

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Fried Frank to shut Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in international downsize

US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has called time on its beleaguered Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with plans to close its Asian operations after seven years in June 2015. Ongoing discussions are thought to revolve around the possibility of maintaining a service office in Hong Kong, which could be an unmanned office […]

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JP Morgan legal costs soar on back of regulators’ fines

JPMorgan has revealed that it ran up $1.1bn (£723m) of legal expenses during the fourth quarter of 2014, up 30 per cent from $847m the year before. The figures were released in the bank’s fourth quarter results today (14 January). The results showed that despite the extra legal costs, the bank’s net expense for the […]

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