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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 […]

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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

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s legal advisers have secured a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling that will see the extradition of five alleged terrorists, prompting the lawyer representing three of them to slam the judgment. The ECHR has ordered radical cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects to be tried in the […]

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Shearman influence spreads as lawyer becomes GC at client Citigroup It is hardly normal for a firm to put an announcement on its own website about a partner leaving. But then Shearman & Sterling senior partner Rohan Weerasinghe’s departure to join Citigroup – first reported by TheLawyer.com on Tuesday (3 April) – was no ordinary […]

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Ex-Allen & Overy partner joins Houthoff Buruma for New York launch

Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has recruited a former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner to launch a New York office, capitalising on the use of the Netherlands as a venue for class action settlements. The firm has hired Helena Sprenger to head the new venture. Sprenger was a partner at A&O until 2009, where she headed […]

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