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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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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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Exclusive: Axiom’s record UK financial results reveal contracts “gold mine”

Axiom’s UK revenue is closing in on the £50m mark, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal, with the alternative legal services provider’s (ALSP) global fee income now totalling $360m (£280m). Total UK revenue for the 2017/18 financial year at Axiom stood at £48.8m, a rise of 63 per cent since the company last revealed its UK […]

UK 200: Slaughters tops revenue per lawyer charts

Slaughter and May has the highest revenue per lawyer (RPL) of the UK’s top 100 largest firms this year. At £900,000, the firm’s RPL is also the third highest in the top 200. Only Bott & Co (ranked 153rd in the UK 200) and Drydensfairfax Solicitors (ranked 196) are higher. For 2018, any firm wishing […]

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The speed read: Slaughters gets techy, Asia gets busy and the super-exam gets costly

News stories about legal education remain very well-read, yet despite this our conversations with lawyers across the City indicate many are still in the dark about the forthcoming changes to how solicitors qualify. Another chance to get up to speed presented itself this week, as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced more details of how […]

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