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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 […]

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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Scottish Law Society gets new secretary

THE LAW Society of Scotland’s top administrative post has changed hands for the first time in 21 years with the appointment of a new secretary, who has pledged a policy of improved communications and more open government. Douglas Mill, former senior partner of Paisley firm MacFarlane Young & Co, takes over from Ken Pritchard as […]

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New York firm Jacoby & Meyers has launched a television advertising campaign to tackle the cynicism most Americans exhibit towards the legal profession. The firm has employed advertising company Mad Dogs & Englishmen to produce a series of television and billboard adverts which will portray lawyers as “people like me”. The firm, which was the […]

Merged Cameron McKenna to recruit

McKenna & Co and Cameron Markby Hewitt, which have merged to form the UK’s eighth largest law firm, are looking to headhunt lawyers. The firms went public with one of the legal community’s worst kept secrets when they announced just before Christmas that they were to merge from 1 May 1997 to become Cameron McKenna. […]

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