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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 solicitor wins key data roaming case against T-Mobile

A City litigator has won back nearly £600 in data roaming charges incurred on holiday in Australia after successfully fighting T-Mobile over her new mobile phone contract. Angela Walsh, a solicitor at City firm Abrahams Dresden, called T-Mobile (now Everything Everywhere) in late 2010 to cancel her contract. Instead she was persuaded to accept a […]

Eversheds cuts debt on back of growth year, accounts reveal

Eversheds paid down nearly £20m of its debts in 2011/12, as the firm’s top line returned to growth for the first time in three years. Sources at Eversheds are bracing themselves for a more difficult 2012/13, however, as half-year figures show no signs of growth. According to Eversheds’ LLP accounts, the amount owed by the […]


Recorder removed for “bringing judiciary into disrepute”

A recorder and criminal silk has been removed from judicial office for practising without a certificate. Peter Joyce QC, a member of Nottingham set 1 High Pavement, was found guilty of professional misconduct by a Inns of Court disciplinary tribunal. He failed to inform the Lord Chief Justice that he had practised as a barrister […]

Slaughter and May

Ladbrokes cuts legal panel as move away from hourly billing edges closer

Ladbrokes has slashed its legal panel from around 50 firms to 22 after carrying out a major review that has also seen the FTSE 250 company appoint a non-lawyer to oversee panel relationships and call for firms to end hourly billing by January 2015. The gambling group has appointed Clyde & Co, Slaughter and May, […]

Ashurst joins local firms on Aviva’s sale of Malaysian joint venture

Ashurst and a group of Malaysian firms have advised on the RM1.8bn (£373m) sale of Aviva’s Malaysian joint venture CIMB-Aviva to Sun Life Financial and Khazanah. Canada’s Sun Life and Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah have agreed to buy 98 per cent of CIMB Aviva Assurance Berhad and CIMB Aviva Takaful Berhad, which together make […]

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