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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.


Hugh Raven

The in-house interview: Hugh Raven, Kier

Hugh Raven swapped Eversheds partnership for a job at building group Kier, helping support the business’s extension plans into property and services. Hugh Raven never planned to work in-house. The Linklaters-trained lawyer hails from the Midlands and envisioned that he would eventually return to the region to be closer to his family. Indeed, a move […]


High Court judge slams “cumbersome and inadequate” disclosure process in Kier case

Mr Justice Coulson has criticised a disclosure process carried out for Pinsent Masons client Kier Construction which ended up costing £500,000, three times its original budget. In a judgment handed down late last month Coulson J said the disclosure exercise had been “cumbersome, and inadequate”. Kier Construction is the defendant in a claim brought by […]

Kier Group set to bring in corporate lawyer

FTSE250 construction company Kier Group is building up its in-house legal strength as it continues to professionalise the team. Kier plans to bring in its first in-house corporate lawyer by the end of the month following a restructure of the legal team earlier in the year. The construction outfit’s current legal function encompasses a general […]

#MeToo in law: Are we just hypocrites?

The #MeToo movement has left no sector unaffected. From entertainment to hospitality, finance to media, allegations of workplace impropriety have swept the globe. Jobs were lost, careers ended and a clear message sent: the culture of impunity for misconduct can continue no longer. Sexual harassment is inappropriate in any field. But it is particularly repugnant […]

Reed Smith bags Nabarro trio for City funds launch

Reed Smith has launched a London investment funds practice with the hire of ­former Nabarro partner and barrister Dale Gabbert. Gabbert, who joins as a partner, will bring with him associates Winston Penhall and Matthew Pitman. He will advise funds including private equity, property and hedge funds on investment management, corporate and regulatory issues. Reed […]

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