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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.



Freshfields, Macfarlanes and Wachtell lead on AstraZeneca’s mega-pharma deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have spearheaded AstraZeneca’s $39bn (£29.5bn) stock-and-cash acquisition of US biotech Alexion. Cambridge-headquartered AstraZeneca’s acquisition of its US rival comes amid its central role in developing the much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine with the University of Oxford. Freshfields advised AstraZeneca on both the US and UK legal aspects […]

Mastercard Visa

Mastercard judgment provokes war of words between Freshfields and Quinn

Almost a week has passed since the Supreme Court’s watershed ruling in favour of Walter Merricks and his unknowing band of claimants which, if you are reading this, probably includes you. By siding against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Mastercard, the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict means the green light has been given for Merricks to pursue […]

Addleshaws cuts 19 roles in real estate

Addleshaw Goddard has concluded its redundancy consultation, with 19 jobs lost in its real estate practice. The firm embarked on a redundancy consultation in September with Brexit and Covid-19 putting an end to any plan of filling spare capacity in its real estate team. A total of 22 roles were originally at risk, with three […]

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