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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.


Cads: hiring, not firing

Any Cadwalader associates out there can, it seems, rest easy. The US firm known for having one of the largest structured finance practices in the country is not looking to lay off anybody. Not now, not later. That, at least, is the story from management committee member and litigation chairman Greg Markel. Last Friday (9 […]

Bonelli’s new Rome office is fit for a king – and 30 more lawyers

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has ditched its dual offices in Rome in preparation for a move into a single building at the end of November with space for 30 additional employees. Managing partner Alberto Saravalle said: “Formerly we had two separate offices in Rome. It simply made sense for everyone to be on the same premises. […]

Penny Francis elected LG senior partner

LG managing partner, Penny Francis, will replace Bill Richards as the firm’s senior partner. Francis was elected by the firm, beating competition from fellow partners corporate head, Chris Tite, corporate partner Sunil Kakkad and tax partner Robert Field. The head of LG’s business and finance group Hugh Maule will replace Francis as managing partner. Francis, […]

Lovells hands Young second term as senior partner

Lovells has re-elected John Young as the firm’s senior partner after he stood unopposed for the position. Young, who first took up the role in May 2004, will serve until the end of April 2012 after being voted in at the firm’s annual partnership conference in Barcelona on Friday night (9 November). Young said: “It […]

BAE ‘resets’ legal dept in wake of SFO inquiry

Defence giant BAE Systems has revolutionised its legal team, creating 15 new roles, including the company’s first-ever global compliance chief and its first lawyer in Saudi Arabia. The company saw a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into its business dealings with Saudi Arabia dropped on Government orders earlier in the year, a decision that Lord […]

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