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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.


Tired of London

Last month, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone unveiled a planning blueprint for London over the next two decades. One commentator snappily dubbed the former leader of the Greater London Council’s (GLC) vision ‘the skyscraper manifesto’.`Hyperbole aside, there is much to keep developers and planning professionals smiling in ‘Towards the London Plan’. Kate Hall, chairman of […]


How times change. Collyer Bristow has just appointed a former client care manager as its chief executive, in the shape of Jonathan Fox, who was formerly at DLA.`Now I am sure that among some of the old school there will be a raised eyebrow or two about the fact that a marketeer is overseeing a […]


In February last year, the Identrus operating rules were being finalised and Lovells was advising Nat-West, HSBC and Barclays on the finalisation of the draft rules. The Identrus scheme has more than 40 member financial institutions from North America, Europe and Asia which have agreed to be subject to Identrus’s uniform system rules. These specifications […]


CMS Cameron McKenna was instructed to advise longstanding client Nomura International’s Principal Group on its bid for Meridien Hotels some six months ago. The deal was closed just 21 days after Nomura was announced as preferred bidder.`Camerons’ corporate partner and relationship partner for Nomura Richard Price led a team of more than 80 lawyers in […]

Bonus points

Major change is taking place in the way that law firms reward staff, particularly the rank-and-file fee-earners. Pay rates and reward structures are being imported from US law firms via their London offices, and are leading to changes within City firms. One of the most noticeable changes is the greater use of bonuses.`While profit-sharing schemes […]

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