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Ireland: Employer successfully defends mandatory retirement age policy

A mandatory retirement age (MRA) obliges an employee to retire at a particular age. An employer may provide for an MRA explicitly in the employee’s employment contract, or it may be implied into the employment relationship by policy or by custom and practice.

New transfer rules for combatting pension scams

New rules in relation to statutory transfers rules came into force on 30 November 2021 to protect members’ pension savings from being lost as the result of a transfer to a scam arrangement.

Another director goes to jail …

This case isn’t, sadly, that unusual. Failing to comply with enforcement notices served by the HSE (or any other regulatory authority) usually ends badly.


CC gains corporate partner from Macquarie

Former Macquarie Group division director Amy Mahon has rejoined Clifford Chance as a partner in the magic circle firm’s corporate ­department. She first joined Macquarie – one of the leading ­Australian banks – in 2006, having previously spent eight years at Clifford Chance as a trainee and an associate in the private ­equity ­practice group. […]

McCartney divorce makes Shackleton a household name

Payne Hicks Beach divorce partner Fiona Shackleton has stolen the title of highest-profile lawyer from her Mishcon de Reya rival Anthony Julius. Over the past 12 months Shackleton (pictured) had the most press mentions – 274 – of all UK lawyers after representing Sir Paul McCartney in his divorce from Heather Mills, according to a […]

Monckton reclaims A&O competition partner

Monckton Chambers has made a rare partner raid on magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O), signing up competition star Alistair Lindsay as a tenant. Lindsay, ;who ;made ­partner at A&O in 2001, started his legal career as a pupil at Monckton. He left the set for A&O 11 years ago, citing a lack of […]


A&O places litigation at heart of global strategy

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy is putting ­litigation growth at the ­centre of its global strategy, aiming to increase the practice’s contribution to global revenue by 50 per cent over the next four years. Magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) is putting ­litigation growth at the ­centre of its global strategy and is […]


Howard Kennedy and Douglas-Mann seal merger

Howard Kennedy has merged with personal injury boutique Douglas-Mann & Co with the aim of ­bolstering its client base. The tie-up has seen three partners – Ian Mulkis, Elizabeth ;Smith ;and Christopher Donnison – transfer ;to ;Howard Kennedy’s ;Cavendish Square offices with effect from today (1 September). Howard Kennedy head of litigation and dispute ­resolution […]

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