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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.



Freshfields “takes on Wall Street” and wants to discard magic circle tag in US

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner David Aitman and corporate chief Edward Braham are “taking on Wall Street” and want the US market to think of them a part of an international elite instead of the magic circle. Aitman said that the firm’s US aims were part of a strategy focused on building up its role […]

Graduates and students set to showcase work at Collyer Bristow Gallery

New graduates and students from Middlesex University and Goldsmiths, University of London, will be showcasing their work in a curated exhibition at the Collyer Bristow Gallery, a bespoke space in central London. One artist will be selected by Emma Dexter, director of visual arts at the British Council, to receive the new Collyer Bristow award […]

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DLA Piper swoops on A&O Spain senior partner after local management rejig

DLA Piper has hired Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Spanish senior partner Iñigo Gómez-Jordana in Madrid, just months after he handed over the local managing partner role at the magic circle firm. Gómez-Jordana’s move comes after 14 years at the firm as managing partner of the Spanish branch. He took up the position of senior partner […]

KPMG ABS: “No plans to develop any kind of standalone legal practice”

KPMG UK chairman Simon Collins said today that the Big Four firm has no plans to create a standalone legal business as a result of gaining ABS approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The firm claims to be the first multidisciplinary practice to pick up an ABS licence, in contrast to PwC which gained an […]

Walker Morris advises Westhouse Securities on cloudBuy share placing

Specialist corporate lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Westhouse Securities on the share placing by cloudBuy to raise £4.3m. Following a secondary fundraising in September 2013, on which Walker Morris also acted for Westhouse Securities, this further fundraising was announced on 2 October 2014. Westhouse Securities acted on the fundraising by the company by placing […]

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