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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.



Milbank finance heavyweight Peter Schwartz quits for Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings has hired Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s key Goldman Sachs and Bank of America relationship partner Peter Schwartz for its corporate practice in London. The Milbank partner is switching to Paul Hastings after four years at the firm (1 November 2010).  Schwartz, who specialises in high-yield bonds, leveraged loans and general securities advice, including […]

BTI Consulting Group recognises DLA Piper as ‘standout firm’ in litigation

DLA Piper has been recognised as a ‘standout firm’ in several litigation categories by BTI Consulting Group in its newly published BTI Litigation Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms. DLA Piper received ‘standout’ status for class action torts, securities and finance litigation, complex commercial litigation, routine commercial litigation and product liability litigation. […]

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Top 10 stories: 26 September – 2 October 2014

The 10 most-read stories on in the past week, including celebrity weddings and big-name partner departures It’s been an eventful week in the legal world, but the biggest story of the week related to news that was splashed across the front pages of every mainstream magazine and newspaper around – the wedding of Hollywood […]


KWMSJB picks Boss as new managing partner as Day steps down

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWM SJB) has elected real estate partner William Boss as its new EMEA managing partner following the decision of legacy SJ Berwin managing partner Rob Day to step down. Day was first elected to the role of SJ Berwin managing partner in 2010 (22 October 2010). He will stand […]


QASA judicial review appeal dismissed at Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has quashed a judicial review of the new rating system for criminal barristers introduced by the Legal Services Board (LSB), bringing an end to the contentious fight against the scheme. In a judgment handed down today the court upheld a January High Court ruling and concluded the scheme was lawful and […]

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