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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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Clydes launches redundancy consultation

Clyde & Co has commenced two separate redundancy consultations, as part of ongoing changes at the firm. The firm is planning on cutting secretarial roles, as well as staff from across nine teams. The potential job losses to the secretarial teams were pre-planned and non-Covid related, the firm said, and as part of plans to […]

Simpson Thacher promotes City trio

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has made up three new partners in its London office, part of a pool of 20 globally. Once again, the bulk of the promotions was in the US, where the firm made up 17 lawyers across New York (11), Washington (2) and Palo Alto (1) and Houston (1). Internationally, alongside the […]

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What do DLA Piper and O’Neill Patient have in common for the first time in 2020?

The entry of a Stockport-based conveyancing firm into this year’s UK 200 has shone a light onto the changing face of the UK legal services market. Conveyancing firm O’Neill Patient entered the UK Top 100 this year for the first time with a turnover of £31.2m. The gulf between O’Neill Patient and the UK’s largest […]

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