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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.


City snubs scheme for women

Cherie Booth QC’s Opportunity Now charter for women is being snubbed by City law firms. While most of Britain’s major companies have signed up to the Opportunity Now charter, including the five big accountancy firms, not one City law firm has done so. Opportunity Now has approached several major law firms. They all refused to […]

Litigation Personal Injury 12/4/99

Keith Diaper v Safeway Stores Plc (1999) QBD (HH Judge Walker QC) 15 March Plaintiff: Male, 51 years old at date of accident; 53 years old at date of trial. Incident: The plaintiff worked for Safeway as a warehouse operative. On 4 August 1997, a forklift truck, allegedly being negligently driven, ran over his right […]

Teletubbies tighten Trademarks Act

The Teletubbies teamed up with a West Country council at the High Court recently to fight against the sale of counterfeit goods. Judges upheld a decision by Torbay Council to prosecute local market trader Satnam Singh for selling children’s clothing bearing a sign identical to the Teletubbies registered trademark. And they ruled that Torbay Magistrates […]

Lord Chancellor addresses ethnic minorities shortfall

The Lord Chancellor’s Department is launching a research project to investigate why so few ethnic minority and women applicants become Queen’s Counsel or judges. This year, of 553 applications to become silk, only 27 came from ethnic minority lawyers and 45 from women. This represents only 13 per cent of all applications. Lincoln Crawford, chair […]

Mayer Brown poaches Pinsent Curtis partner

US firm Mayer Brown & Platt has lured corporate finance partner David Levin from Pinsent Curtis in its latest bid to expand its London office. Levin will join the Chicago firm’s London practice from Pinsents’ City office in September. He is Mayer Brown’s third lateral partner hire this year, as the firm aims to double […]

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