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ND SO the general election has been and gone, Labour is no longer in power and it seems that a coalition between the

Tories and the Lib Dems could actually be a workable alliance. Considering that some people seemed to think that the world was going to come to an end if this happened, the whole process seems to have been something of an anticlimax. Of course, it is early days yet, and with an emergency budget due on 22 June, we will have to wait and see what the new government has in store and how it will impact those of us in the Channel Islands. Because we are now in this so-called

‘brave new world’, we thought it would be quite timely to look at the constitutional relationship between the UK and Jersey. We are delighted that Sir Philip Bailhache agreed to contribute an insightful article on the subject in this issue, examining whether this long- standing relationship needs to change. And from Jersey we head east to

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China in our latest focus on business beyond our shores. With the country looking set to become the world’s

largest economy ahead of predictions, we look at opportunities arising there for companies in the Channel Islands and why it’s important they ensure that they don’t miss out. When it comes to success stories,

one of the biggest Jersey has seen in recent decades has been the growth of Mourant Ltd from a traditional law firm to one that is recognised on the global stage. As the company returns to its roots, we were fortunate enough to be able to speak to outgoing CEO Nicola Palios about the company in particular and the Channel Islands in general. And if it’s interesting views that

you are looking for, then why not join our Linkedin Network Discussion forum where members can share their opinions on subjects that matter to them. Who knows, we may end up writing an article on something you suggest. Simply visit and enter ‘’ in the Groups search box. Or alternatively you can tweet us @businesslifeje. n

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