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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.


Fried Frank and Linklaters lead on Carlyle’s £1.8bn consulting exit

Fried Frank and Linklaters have bagged the top roles on Carlyle’s shareholder exit from PA Consulting, as control passes to Jacobs Engineering. Linklaters partners Chris Boycott and Alex Woodward advised private equity house Carlyle on the sale of its 65 per cent shareholding, along with managing associate Lauren Bretton in corporate and associates Frances Hibbert […]

Pinsent Masons

Pinsents set to axe up to 30 roles in redundancy round

Pinsent Masons is the latest top 50 firm to enter a redundancy consultation in response to the Covid-19 crisis, with between 20 to 30 roles set to be affected. It was back in April that The Lawyer revealed Pinsents was one of the first UK firms to place staff on furlough, with a total of […]


City trio at the helm as Debenhams’ rescue effort fails

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kirkland & Ellis are continuing to advise Debenhams and its lenders, in another torrid day for the UK’s High Street retailers. Freshfields global restructuring and insolvency head Ken Baird is the lead partner advising Debenhams alongside partner Lindsay Hingston, with Craig Montgomery leading on the litigation side. Debenhams is now set […]

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Lessons from rock royalty on law firm prosperity

Fifty years ago this week, George Harrison’s brilliant first post-Beatles solo album, All Things Must Pass was released. For those who haven’t heard it, down your tools immediately, swap Zoom for Spotify, then immerse yourself for the next 105 minutes 59 seconds in what Ben Gerson described in a 1971 review in Rolling Stone as […]

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