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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.

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Wonga looks to Slaughters for advice on FCA deal

What a week it’s been for payday loans company Wonga, which has once again locked horns with the Financial Conduct Authority. It’s the second time in less than four months that the pair have clashed, following the revelation that Wonga sent out debt collection letters from fake law firms earlier this year. This time round, […]

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SFO in court for Alstom bribery case

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has enlisted Three Raymond Buildings’ Simon Farrell QC and Rachel Scott for its court case against French train giant Alstom, which it accused of paying around $8m (£5m) in bribes to officials over a six-year period. The regulator faced Alstom Network UK at Southwark Crown Court this week to level the […]

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