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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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PE powerhouse KKR has lifted a measure that imposed discounts on the fees of its external lawyers, The Lawyer understands. In June 2020, the firm had requested that external advisers, including its lawyers, agreed to a 15 per cent discount on the hours they charge the prized client. The request, which was first reported by […]

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Kirkland partner takes in-house role at Advent

A Kirkland & Ellis partner has joined private equity house Advent International as the lead lawyer for its European in-house function. London partner Helena Drury has left the US firm to take the reins of the legal function in Europe, in what is understood to be a first-of-its kind role. She spent four years at […]

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Macfarlanes names corporate co-head as new MP

Macfarlanes has appointed a successor to managing partner Julian Howard from its corporate group, while also losing a partner from its City team. Luke Powell, the firm’s co-head of M&A and private equity specialist, has been named in the role. He will replace Howard from April 2022, at which point he will have been managing […]

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