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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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Modernisation of Justice Bill may be delayed

THE LORD Chancellor Lord Irvine’s proposals to “modernise justice” by introducing block legal aid contracts, a public interest fund and tightening up the legal aid merits test, may have to be delayed for a year . The Lawyer understands that the Lord Chancellor’s Department is battling to get its planned Modernisation of Justice Bill included […]

Ashursts axes £1m IT system

ASHURST Morris Crisp has wasted an estimated £1m by scrapping a practice management system which it purchased less than two years ago. The firm decided last month to abandon its project to install Keystone Systems’ practice management system – originally due to be up and running a year ago. Two weeks ago Ashursts signed a […]

:B&M partners face $3.5m damages bill

Baker & Mckenzie partners worldwide face paying $3.5m bill for damages for sexual harassment of a secretary by one of its Californian partners. Legal secretary Rena Weeks brought the suit in 1992 claiming she had been groped and verbally harassed by her boss, Martin Greenstein – a former trademark partner at the firm’s Palo Alto […]

Are sex changes an "overriding need'?

Three transsexuals are seeking judicial review of a health authority’s refusal to fund their sex change operations, reports Roger Pearson. The High Court is to investigate whether three transsexuals are entitled to have their sex-change operations funded by a local health authority. North West Lancashire Health Authority refused to fund the operations, but now Mr […]

In brief: Defections continue at Edge & Ellison

Edge & Ellison is losing three more lawyers from its insurance department to Weightmans in Birmingham. They are associates Ben Judge and Helen Tinkler and assistant Caroline Wearn. If held to their full notice, they will join Weightmans in July. They follow head of insurance Robin Humphreys and insurance litigation partner Steven Garrett who both […]

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