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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.


Baker Botts signs up four-partner Howrey team for DC office

Texas-headquartered Baker Botts has hired another four antitrust partners from dissolved firm Howrey for its Washington DC office. The news comes after Baker Botts last week announced the arrival of 32 antitrust lawyers from Howrey, including the co-chair of Howrey’s antitrust practice group Sean Boland along with two former US assistant attorney generals, James Rill […]

Data protection: Guardian News & Media

Gill Phillips Data protection is an issue for many general counsel in the UK, but Guardian News & Media’s director of editorial legal services Gill Phillips is possibly the only one for whom it has been a matter of life and death. It is ­testimony to the degree of integration between legal and editorial at […]

Data protection: Moy Park

Debbie Bloomfield Moving from financial services to the ­poultry industry would for most people require a major shift in attitude. But for Debbie Bloomfield, who joined food processor Moy Park from Sweden’s Ikano Financial Services in March 2010, what struck her first were not the differences but the parallels. Moy Park, which has its head […]

Regulation: KPMG

Vanessa Sharp When US banking group Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, the ramifications were felt worldwide. But for the normally sedate accountancy profession, it ­represented a particularly ­violent jolt. As when energy group Enron went bust in 2001, auditors were thrust into the spotlight. Enron’s auditor Arthur Andersen was unable to ­survive, but this time round there […]


Regulation: WorldSpreads

Dominic Bacon The EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) was introduced in November 2007, replacing its ­fore­runner the Investment Services Directive. The new directive was intended to ­harmonise the regulation of investment services in the 30 member states of the European Economic Area (EEA), while increasing competition and consumer protection. All companies that perform […]

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