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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.


Who’s Who Legal names DLA Piper ‘Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year’

DLA Piper has been named ‘Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year’ by Who’s Who Legal for the firm’s commitment to maintaining a leading pro-bono practice and for providing phenomenal work in 2013. In 2013, DLA Piper handled 207,000 hours of pro-bono work for charities, individuals, social enterprises and United Nations and non-governmental agencies — more than any […]

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Lloyds Banking Group appoints new retail GC

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Jennifer Neilsen as general counsel for retail following the departure of Stuart Morgan in May. Nielsen joined Bank of Scotland in 1996 and held a number of roles within the group before being appointed commercial general counsel in 2009. Nielsen had been working closely with Morgan on the asset finance […]

Norton Rose Fulbright backs Martyr for another three years

Let’s rewind 12 years. Back in 2002, Girls Aloud and Ali G were just making it big, and the bunting was out to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Meanwhile, at legacy Norton Rose, Peter Martyr was making a splash of his own – beating competition from fellow partners Peter Rees and Jeff Barratt to become […]

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BLP tells headhunters: find female talent to help us hit our diversity target

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest firm to aim for an improvement in the number of women making partner. The firm’s announcement yesterday (27 October 2014) of a 30 per cent female partnership target by 2018 is an ambitious one. Currently, just 19 per cent of its partners are women when counted on […]

Herbert Smith Freehills raids Ashurst’s Asia Pacific offices for two corporate partners

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two corporate partners from Ashurst’s Australia and Japanese offices. Damien Roberts will be based in HSF’s Tokyo office, while Ian Williams will reside in Brisbane. Both will begin their roles at their new firm in early 2015.  Roberts has been based in Tokyo since July 2011, specialising in M&A […]

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