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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.


Travers scores first deal for Cazenove

Travers Smith Braithwaite has scooped its first instruction from blue-blood investment bank Cazenove, a longstanding client of Slaughter and May. The City firm has advised Cazenove on its first AIM float when it acted as Nomad, broker and bookrunner for Dealogic Holdings plc on the £154m flotation this week. The deal was led by Travers […]

BLP scoops Ascent’s bid for MoD contract

By Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has been announced as the surprise winner of a pitch to advise the Ascent consortium, which is bidding for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) public-private partnership contract….

Wilson Sonsini to rake in $20m from Google shares

Wilson Sonsini took an equity investment in the world’s leading search engine when it advised Google prior to its launch in 1999. This will now net Wilson Sonsini the biggest windfall a law firm has had from such an investment, often made in lieu of fees.

Wilson Sonsini and Simpson Thacher scoop $2.7bn Google float

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have emerged as the main lawyers on the long-awaited flotation of US search engine Google. Wilson Sonsini’s chairman and chief executive Larry Sonsini and corporate partner David Segre are acting for established client Google on the $2.7bn IPO. While Palo Alto-based corporate partner William Hinman […]

Blake Cassels opens its doors in Chicago

Blake Cassels & Graydon has become the first Canadian firm to set up shop in Chicago. The office will initially be staffed by partner Geoff Belsher and one associate, although there are hopes that it will house five lawyers within five years. According to reports, the firm applied for a foreign legal consultant’s licence to […]

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