Guernsey Legislation

February, 2015

This month's Billet will be debated on 25 February, 2015. A copy of the Billet can be found on the Guernsey government website - here.


The following is due for debate:


Property

The Parochial Church Property (Guernsey) Law, 2015


This law aims to vest the majority of the rectories of the 10 ancient parishes in Guernsey in the respective Constables of the respective ancient parishes. It also introduces a statutory mechanism for the sale of such rectories.


The Housing ( Control of Occupation) (Fees) (Guernsey) Regulations, 2014


The new fees are deemed to have taken effect from 1 January 2015. A retrospective inclusion of the 2014 fees has also been included in this month's Billet and as such these fees are deemed to have been in force since 1 January 2014 (there being no other increases under this legislation since 2009).


Commercial

The following regulations amend the registration fees required for the individual areas concerned:


  • The Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) (Legal Professionals, Accountants and Estate Agents) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment ) (No 2) Regulations, 2014
  • The Financial Services Commission (Fees) Regulations, 2014
  • The Protected Cell Companies and Incorporated Cell Companies (Fees for insurers) Regulations, 2014
  • The Registration of Non-Regulated Financial Services Businesses (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Fees) Regulations, 2014
  • The Amalgamation and Migration of Companies (Fees Payable to the GFSC) (Fees) Regulations, 2014


The Copyright (Application to Berne Convention Countries) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2014


These regulations apply certain provisions of the Copyright (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance, 2005 to works originating in a Berne Convention country. These came into force on 21 November 2014.


The Copyright (Application to United Kingdom) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Regulations


These came into force on 21 November 2014.

The Companies (Recognised Stock Exchanges) (Amendment) Regulations, 2014


These regulations make amendments to the current legislation to ensure it relates to the new Channel Islands Securities Exchange.


The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (Amendment of Part XVIA) Regulations, 2014


These amend the date on which recognised auditors must apply to renew their registration with the Registrar. They also amend the definition of "market traded company" by excluding open market investment companies. They came into force on 2 December 2014.


The Companies (Recognition of Auditors) (Renewal of Registration) Regulations, 2014


These state that renewals must be done before the end of September each year. They also came into force on 2 December.


The Charities and Non Profit Organisations (Registration) (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (Amd) Ordinance, 2014


This amendment introduces some new criminal offences for failing to comply with some of the existing requirements of the law. It also widens the way in which the registrar can provide information to other regulatory bodies outside the Bailiwick and with the Director of Income Tax in Guernsey. It also tidies up the law to deal with other legislation that has recently come into force.


Private Client

The Income Tax (Guernsey) (Amd) (No.3) Ordinance, 2013


This provides that where one party to a marriage is not resident in Guernsey, the resident party may only claim the allowances against taxation applicable to a single person.

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