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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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A&O defeats Scientologists

Lawyers at Allen & Overy say they are delighted but puzzled at the decision by the Church of Scientology to admit that it had defamed a former member. The church agreed in the High Court to pay u55,000 in damages and costs, after a three-year legal battle. It admitted that a leaflet it distributed about […]

Linklaters spearheads Dixons' foreign growth

Linklaters & Alliance and Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein & Company have landed work on Dixons’ first foray into Europe. Rupert Pearce, corporate partner at Linklaters, is leading a team of three lawyers advising Dixons on its £444m purchase of Norwegian retail group Elkjop. Einar Greve, corporate finance partner at Wikborg Rein, provided advice on domestic […]

Lawyers say mediation is 'weak'

Midlands-based and northern firms are reluctant to point their clients towards mediation, claims a joint report by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and Dibb Lupton Alsop. CEDR’s survey of 1,500 top companies in the Midlands and the North suggests lawyers still see mediation as the “weak” option. The survey has found that 61 per […]

Allen & Overy spearheads move into Slovak Republic

Allen & Overy is set to become the first UK firm to open an office in the Slovak Republic. Igor Palka, a corporate finance partner at Cernejova & Hrbek in Bratislava, and who has worked with Allen & Overy for many years, will join the firm next month to head its new office in Bratislava. […]

Gearing up for mobile phone deluge

Chris Hodges, partner, Cameron McKenna Martin Bruffell, partner, Berrymans Lace Mawer Antony Colman, partner, Pritchard Englefield Concerns are now rife over whether mobile phones can be the cause of serious health problems. Last month, medical studies in Sweden and the US revealed that mobile phones have the potential to cause serious health risks, including giving […]

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