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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.



Allen & Overy opens in Jo’burg with seven-partner Bowman Gilfillan team

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to establish its own presence on the ground in South Africa, hiring a team from local heavyweight Bowman Gifillan led by partner Lionel Shawe. As reported by The Lawyer earlier this year (1 September 2014), A&O’s former banking head Michael Duncan is relocating to […]

Gateley advises cycling and sports retailer Wiggle on long-term lease

Gateley has advised Wiggle, an online cycling and tri-sports retailer, on its commitment to a long-term lease of the Citadel Logistics Centre in Wolverhampton. As one of the largest warehouse spaces in the Midlands, Citadel Logistics Centre will provide Wiggle with excellent access to national and international markets and supply chains via the region’s extensive road, rail […]


Lawyers hardest working and most loyal professionals says survey

Lawyers are among the hardest-working professionals and are likely to stay with their employer for longer according to a career survey conducted by recruitment agency Robert Walters. Only 30 per cent of lawyers surveyed said they would start looking for a new job after less than three years, down from 32 per cent in 2013. […]

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co advises BGF on Victoria investment

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s corporate team has advised longstanding client Business Growth Fund (BGF) on its £10m investment into Victoria plc, an international manufacturer, supplier and distributor of contemporary design-led carpets, whose shares are traded on AIM. This investment is a major strategic development for BGF, an active UK growth capital investor in small […]

Hong Kong

Trial firm Kobre & Kim converts to local practice in Hong Kong

US litigation firm Kobre & Kim has launched a Hong Kong law practice with the hire of a partner from local firm Gall. Insolvency specialist Randall Arthur has joined the firm along with Mayer Brown JSM associate Gabrielle Liu. Both are Hong Kong qualified. Hong Kong partner William McGovern said the firm, which launched in […]

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