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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.


Property lawyers top professional indemnity hit-list

Property work has once again turned out to be the main cause of professional indemnity claims against solicitors. According to a report by Alexander Forbes Claims Services, 34 per cent of claims from 31 August 2002 to date have been racked up over property matters. Of the property claims, residential work was the biggest offender, […]

Speaking out

Christopher Braganza says that welcoming whistleblowers is one of the few ways to ensure the smooth running of a company. Corporate malpractice is high on the business agenda. Companies are keen to ensure that they do business ethically, that they are seen to do business ethically and that any suspicion of malpractice is rooted out. […]

EU seeks to fill 375 extra lawyer posts

The institutions of the EU have invited applications for around 375 lawyer posts to help meet the demands imposed by next year’s enlargement of the EU from 15 to 25 countries, which will add 75 million to the EU population. The European Personnel Selection Office (Epso) said these openings were part of the creation of […]

EU, US sign extradition agreement

The EU is to sign a controversial extradition deal with the US, with the agreement being approved by the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, despite concerns raised by the European Parliament. Its text should be initialled at the EU-US summit on 25 June in Washington DC. It covers mutual legal assistance, including the exchange […]

Hammonds in football challenge

The £130m dispute between the Football League and Hammonds over the collapse of ITV Digital has finally kicked off. The league has not issued a claim form yet, but Hammonds’ insurer has appointed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, and The Lawyer understands that pre-action correspondence is now taking place. The league recently instructed Mayer Brown Rowe […]

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