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Five myths about marriage and divorce

January typically sees a spike in divorce enquiries for many solicitors – and 2021 is expected to be no different, with the additional stresses and strains COVID-19 has placed on couples and families.

Shall we be exclusive?

The government is currently seeking views on a very specific proposal to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts where the workers’ guaranteed weekly income is less than the Lower Earnings Limit, currently £120 per week.

Redundancies during COVID-19: Coronavirus job retention scheme extension provides some relief

In comparison to the US, there is a stricter redundancy process in the UK. For UK businesses faced with the prospect of making 20 or more staff redundant, there is an obligation to undertake a collective consultation process, which should consider ways to avoid or reduce the number of employees to be made redundant and mitigate the consequences of the redundancies.

The implications of Maughan: the Chief Coroner’s Law Sheet #6

The new Chief Coroner, HHJ Teague QC, has just published his first legal guidance in the form of “Law Sheet 6” addressing the impact of the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46 on coronial practice.


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Webinar: Client panel Q&A: What does ‘good’ look like?

This free to watch webinar was part of the Marketing Leadership virtual conference that took place on 11th – 12th November 2020. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion.   This GC panel will take you through how to get the attention of GCs and maintain good relationships once you are a panel firm. The panel share their thoughts and experiences, what works well, what doesn’t work so well and what they’d like to see more of in their future relationships. What exactly do clients want? What does good marketing look like? What differentiates one firm from another when expertise is a given? What makes a client loyal to a firm? What detracts clients from pursuing business with a firm? How did firms mitigate the pressures facing businesses during the recent lockdown period? What support did clients see from their law firms during these turbulent times? Fill in the form below to hear the thoughts of Network Rail’s general counsel Dan Kayne, the general counsel of BT’s Global Division Jeff Langlands, TotallyMoney’s general counsel Sharon Evans and Passle’s senior vice president of sales Will Eke.

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Slaughters and Simmons act on publisher’s GoCompare purchase

Slaughter and May and Simmons & Simmons have secured the lead roles on publisher Future’s acquisition of GoCo Group. The Slaughters team advising GoCo was led by partners John Papanichola and Robert Innes, with associates Oliver Broomfield, Thomas Whitney and Edward Rochford supporting. The acquisition values the technology driven company at £594m and is expected […]

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Cooley promotes City lawyer in annual promotions

Cooley has promoted one lawyer in its London office, while the bulk of the elevations were recorded across its US bases. From January 2021, sixteen lawyers will become partners at the US firm, hailing from nine offices across the US, Europe and Asia. The number is slightly lower than the 19 associates elevated in 2019; […]

Freshfields former innovation head lands new exec role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former head of legal innovation Isabel Parker is set to take on a new executive role, The Lawyer can reveal. Parker has been named co-executive director of global non-profit institute Digital Legal Exchange (DLEX), which was formed early this year from a partnership between managed services business UnitedLex and US IT provider DXC […]

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