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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.


To train in Spain

A Europe-wide quality drive is elevating Spain’s legal education system to a whole new level. Joanne Harris reports on the benefits and hurdles of implementation Until now, becoming a lawyer in Spain has been a straightforward process. Students go to university, take a law degree and, upon qualification, become members of the local bar association. The system stands […]

Tulkinghorn: Blackstone’s bee swot

Two years ago Blackstone Chambers won a long-running legal battle with the Government over the use of pesticides near Chichester, a case during which the judge helpfully highlighted some critical bee-related legalities. The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, maintained Mr Justice Collins, stated that beekeepers must be given 48 hours’ notice if pesticides harmful to […]


DLA Piper-Phillips Fox combo’s corporate drive dented as nine partners jump ship

The defection of nine DLA Phillips Fox partners ahead of the firm’s merger with DLA Piper has left the Australian practice with no corporate partners in ­Brisbane. As reported on The (14 March), nine partners have left DLA Phillips Fox for mid-tier ­Australian firm Thomsons Lawyers. Among those ­leaving are corporate partners Philip Byrnes, James Daniel, Philip Dowling and […]

IP rights: Lycatel

Mohammed Malique  Think back to 4 October 2010 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The battle over the ownership of Liverpool FC is raging on after owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are awarded a temporary restraining order by a Texas court, ­preventing the club’s sale. While the members of the press […]

Rex Newman


A little under 10 years ago the half-dozen partners of West End firm Wallace were pondering their options. A merger – US or City – was seriously considered. “There was a time when I was flattered by some of the approaches,” admits long-time managing partner Rex Newman. “What we quickly found out was that the […]

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