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Berrymans picks up two partners from Greenwoods

Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has picked up two property insurance partners and two fee-earners from Greenwoods, less than a year after the firm merged with Parabis. Greenwoods lost an eleven-partner team to DWF in October, after insurance giant Aviva raised concerns about the bulk of the personal injury (PI) team joining up with defendant insurance […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 9th February 2014

Conventional wisdom runs that those in their 40s (or even early 50s) will have to work until they are about 105 before being able to afford to retire — and then only provided they live for no more than another five minutes. But some UK civil servants are still looking to take voluntary redundancy around […]

DLA Piper’s Sir Nigel goes upstairs

It was all chums together in the colonial-esque environs of the Landmark Hotel yesterday as DLA Piper’s new “streamlined” global management team, including those from the US side of the business, showed its collective happy face for the first time. Yesterday the firm confirmed that it is planning a leadership shake-up next year, with co-CEO […]

Breach of contract — when not paying the price is a penalty

The courts are frequently asked to determine whether a clause providing for payment of a fixed sum on breach of contract is a penalty (and unenforceable under English law, even if the parties are of equal bargaining power) or a genuine pre-estimate of loss (liquidated damages), in which case the clause will be enforceable. Forfeiture clauses […]

Auto-enrolment deconstructed

The idea behind automatic pension enrolment is simple — all UK workers should be in a good pension scheme unless they actively choose not to be. Unfortunately, the actual requirements applying to employers are not simple. There are a lot of individual components to get right, and they all interact. It’s all too easy to focus […]

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