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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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Expanding New Law provider Elevate takes Halebury under its wing

Flexible lawyering group Halebury has been acquired by Elevate as the latter sets out plans to build an alternative legal services company that can provide a “one-stop” solution for clients. The combination allows Elevate to provide private equity and in-house teams with legal consultants available for specific projects, and technology and managed services. John Croft, […]

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Paul Hastings wins role for Elevate in latest legal tech acquisition

Provider Elevate has acquired AI firm LexPredict, in a move that hints at rising consolidation in the market of alternative legal services providers. Elevate was advised during negotiations by a Paul Hastings team led by Century City M&A partner David Hernand that included corporate associates Christopher Edwab and Tashiana Hudson, as well as Los Angeles-based counsel Ron […]

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Another loss for A&O as Peerpoint CEO leaves firm

Allen & Overy’s CEO of Peerpoint, Richard Punt, is leaving the firm after spearheading the contract lawyer business for five years, The Lawyer can reveal. Punt joined A&O as chief executive officer of Peerpoint in 2014, just under a year after it launched. He had previously been at Deloitte for 18 years, where he was managing partner for […]

A&O has largest law firm flex offering as revenue soars

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) contract lawyers arm Peerpoint is the largest revenue generator of any law firm-linked flexible working service, with a UK revenue of £25m this year, it can be revealed. Peerpoint’s rapid growth since launching five years ago is a clear indication of a change in sentiment towards the use of contract lawyers […]

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