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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.



In-house profile: QBE general counsel Esther Felton

Esther Felton’s vision as GC for insurer QBE was to create a legal function that works shoulder to shoulder with the business. Now a reality, her team’s remit is extending and fast acquiring specialist expertise It’s going to be an action-packed 12 months for QBE. The Australia-headquartered insurance giant announced this summer that it was […]

King & Wood Mallesons bids bye bye to Berwin

The first day of November will be one of celebration for King & Wood Mallesons, which will no doubt be cracking out the bubbly to celebrate one whole year since its gargantuan mega-merger. But, as today’s story reveals, in the UK, Europe and the Middle East the occasion also marks the end of an era […]


A&O, Hogan Lovells and Freshfields lead on Heathrow Airport deal

A raft of firms including Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons and Hogan Lovells has advised on the £1bn sale of three of Heathrow’s airports to a consortium formed by Ferrovial and Macquarie. Freshfields partners Stephen Hewes and Laurie McFadden advised Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd on the sale of Glasgow, Abderdeen and Southampton […]

Eversheds advises Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust on flagship warehouse deal

Eversheds has advised the £480m Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT) on exchanging contracts with Kuehne Nagel to deliver a 39,776m² flagship warehouse at London Heathrow Airport. Kuehne Nagel, a global transportation and logistics company based in Switzerland, has committed to take occupation of AIPUT’s 12,125m² warehouse at the Heathrow South Cargo Centre (HSCC). It is […]


Addleshaws installs regional office heads as former Manchester chief quits for PwC

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Tim Wheldon and Malcolm Pike as office heads in Leeds and Manchester respectively in the firm’s latest management change. The creation of the two new roles follows a series of changes to the firm’s management structure and line-up since John Joyce was elected as managing partner in May (16 May 2014). […]

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