Member News

Trends covered in this issue:

  • States Prepare for 2018 Sessions
  • The Emerging Economy Continues to Impact Legislatures
  • IC Certification Procedures on the Rise?
  • Appropriations for the Department of Transportation Advances in the House
  • FMCSA Administrator Nomination Announced
  • Joint Employer Clarification Bill Advances
  • Autonomous Vehicle Bills Advance

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Mark Hucker joined VG (Formerly: Volaw Group) as its new Managing Director in January 2017. He reflects on his new position within Jersey’s fiduciary services industry, and the changes within the sector.

I left my last role in the fiduciary sector in 2011, glad to get out of an industry where clients, confidence and customer choice seemed to be in slow decline. And to some extent my pessimism has been borne out in Government statistics – any real “growth” in the headline figures for the sector over the past few years has been driven by increased expenditure on Compliance personnel – yes, one in 20 of us in the finance sector in Jersey now has a Compliance title and yes, staff costs are included in the calculation of Gross Value Added (GVA) produced by the Office of Statistics!

So why climb back aboard the sinking ship in 2017, especially in the wake of Brexit and Trump? Well of course it’s a combination of factors at a sector and a business level.

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The Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP) has been listed this month by SMEs and Experts as one of the recommended international trade resources.

SMEs can take advantage of the UK’s Commonwealth connections.

The Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP) supports businesses in sustainability and environmental technologies with exports and international partnerships.

John Panczak, a non-executive director at flood protection company, Aquobex, says that his business has been working with CEIP to identify opportunities.

It has helped the firm to set up meetings with contacts in Sri Lanka and Mauritius, and begin discussions in Bangladesh and Malaysia.
“CEIP is also planning to assist us to engage at a ministerial level in Commonwealth territories,” Mr Panczak adds.

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This week The American College of Transportation Attorneys (ACTA) announced that Scopelitis Partner Mike Langford has been elected vice chair, effective August 18, 2017. This announcement also included news that Mr. Langford will become chairman of ACTA in 2019.

Mr. Langford focuses his practice in the area of trial court litigation. He is a charter member of the ACTA and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Transportation Industry Defense Association (TIDA). He serves as chief Indiana legal counsel for the largest truckload motor carrier in North America, and as national counsel for a number of motor carriers.

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On Thursday 13th July, Michael Sippitt Chairman of the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP) & Clarkslegal LLP, participated in a panel discussion at the event organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat - 'Wealth Forum: Harnessing the Commonwealth Advantage in International Trade’. The panel looked at the importance of enhancing connectivity across the Commonwealth, which includes the new forms of trading relationships that are arising as a result of profound technological advances.

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