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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.


South Africa

Southern Africa – Rainbow bridge

Internationalisation of South Africa’s legal market is continuing apace as firms seek to exploit opportunities throughout the region At the beginning of 2014 there were nine international firms with offices or exclusive associations in South Africa. Less than 12 months later there are 13. By this time next year most lawyers expect that number will […]

Cat Griffiths index

Women, do it for yourselves

Edwards Wildman associate Sascha Grimm and Shearman & Sterling associate Suzanne Szczetnikowicz like to recount a story about female behaviour in the workplace. When asked whether they put themselves forward, push for mandates or promotion, many of the women they have surveyed excuse their diffidence by saying: “Ah, but that’s not a gender thing. It’s […]

Ogier partner Sally Edwards is shortlisted for Citywealth Power Women Awards 2015

Ogier has announced that Sally Edwards, partner and head of the private client and trusts team, has been shortlisted for the Citywealth Power Women Awards 2015. The Citywealth Power Women Awards is an awards programme that aims to promote successful business women in the wealth sector. The 2015 awards will recognise individuals and companies that […]

Matt Byrne

Who’d be a law firm leader?

Your partners hate you, your clients are deserting you and all that awaits you at the end of your term is the scorched earth, wintry emptiness of the former law firm leaders’ jobs market. Welcome to the world of the managing partner. In The Lawyer we’ve rarely gone in for offering much in the way […]

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