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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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Appeal court rejection clarifies UK stance on business model patents

The Court of Appeal has all but closed the door on software and business model patents in the UK, rejecting Australian businessman Neal Macrossan’s bid to patent an automated system to incorporate a UK company. Lord Justice Jacob found that Macrossan’s automated system should be excluded as it failed a four-step test to find for […]

How to monitor sexual orientation without causing offence

Gathering information on diversity is increasingly complex. But without measurement it is impossible to know whether efforts to increase diversity are having any effect. In the UK there is no requirement to report, but firms are encouraged to monitor diversity and gather statistics. Outside the UK governments have different reporting requirements. For example, the Netherlands […]

Invested interest

The approach to UCIs in Luxembourg is undergoing a radical rethink. Jacques Elvinger and Frédérique Lifrange report The law of 19 July 1991 concerning undertakings for collective investment (UCIs) was established to allow the formation of UCIs in Luxembourg. As with similar vehicles in other countries, in particular the Spezialfonds under German law, the securities […]

Clayton Utz sued for giving negligent advice

Clayton Utz is being sued for gross negligence by an Australian property developer who alleges that the firm failed to carry out basic title checks. City Developments retained Clayton Utz’s Darwin office on the purchase of 150 cabins on a lake south of Darwin in 1997 for A$630,000 (£255,300). Developer George Milatos told the Supreme […]

Debevoise partner’s ties win Catlin instruction

Debevoise & Plimpton insurance partner Jeremy Hill has consolidated his relationship with insurance giant Catlin Group as he advises the US company on its offer for rival Wellington Underwriting. Catlin announced last week (30 October) that it had made an offer to buy its Lloyd’s competitor in a deal valued at £591m. The company’s general […]

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