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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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UK Government sets out panel timeline after Covid-19 delays

The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has set out a timeline for when it will resume its panel reviews, after they were put on hold earlier this year amid Covid-19. The CCS has confirmed it will issue a tender on the Official Journal of the European Union for its legal services panel in May […]

FSCS chief counsel leads shake-up of legal team

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has rejigged its legal team as part of a wider restructuring. The changes follow James Darbyshire’s appointment as chief counsel in September, having initially taken on the role on an interim basis in April. At the time, a chief counsel team was created, which merged together legal and recoveries, company […]

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Clifford Chance to roll out 2021 tech curriculum for lawyers

Clifford Chance is looking to launch a new curriculum to extend lawyers’ understanding of technology and its applications on client matters starting next year. The course, currently dubbed ‘Innovation Academy’, is being put together by the firm’s innovation team in collaboration with other functions, including graduate recruitment. The idea is the brainchild of April Brousseau, […]

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Patisserie Valerie’s Grant Thornton showdown pits Mishcon against Taylor Wessing

Mishcon de Reya has issued a claim on behalf of Patisserie Valerie’s parent company against Grant Thornton, The Lawyer can reveal. Filed in the Commercial Court on Friday, Mishcon is representing a group of seven claimants in the case, including Flour Power City Limited, Spice Bakery and Stonebeach Limited. All of these companies fall under […]

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