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It's been a good week for…

Cohabiting couples. Lord Irvine is ushering in divorce reforms which will give cohabiting relationships the same weight as marriage when it comes to dividing up a departing couple’s property.

This week

It’s bonanza week for employment lawyers and their clients as Lord Irvine’s reforms to employment tribunals kick in. As of 29 October, the cap on compensation for unfair dismissal cases rises from £12,000 to £50,000.

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