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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.



Litigation and arbitration – Is London a victim of its own success?

The advance of boutiques and the emergence of regional centres such as San José and Singapore are putting the capital’s primacy to the test Arbitration seems to be the preferred option over litigation. What is fuelling that and what centres are proving most popular for arbitration? Christopher Pugh, head of litigation, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: In […]

Vara Shailesh

Why India should open up its legal market

Justice Minister Shailesh Vara MP on why now is the right time for the Indian legal market to finally open up. India is a country on the brink of change. It is a nation facing significant decisions on how it should take advantage of its enormous economic potential and the talent of its people. The […]

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 […]

Ogier Legal advises Goldman Sachs on issue of first ever sukuk

Ogier Legal in Cayman has advised Goldman Sachs International as arranger and lead manager on the issue of its first ever sukuk. The sukuk is based on a wakala structure with the underlying assets linked to commodities and raised $500m (£310m). Ogier’s role, led by Cayman Islands partner Angus Davison, was to form and organise […]

Unitech wins latest round in David and Goliath Deutsche fight

Indian property company Unitech has scored another blow against Deutsche Bank, in the latest in its David and Goliath battle against the bank. The company has resisted paying $120m into court as an interim payment in its fight against an allegedly misrepresented $177m loan and swaps contract taken out with Deutsche. The result follows Unitech’s […]

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