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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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Squire Patton Boggs makes 19 UK redundancies

Squire Patton Boggs has concluded its UK redundancy round, with 19 administrative roles cut. The firm launched a redundancy consultation process in September following the adoption of new ways of working amid the coronavirus pandemic. It confirmed that it has cut 19 administrative roles across its four UK offices. SPB added: “It is a difficult […]

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Travers and Dechert lead on Hovis’ private equity sale

Travers Smith won the mandate from British breadmaker Hovis as it parted ways with Premier Foods and Gores Group. Travers’ head of corporate M&A and ECM Philip Cheveley led the team for Hovis with fellow partner Jonathan Walters, assisted by associate Ella Sharpley. Dechert meanwhile represented the buyer Endless, with private equity partner Ross Allardice […]

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Softbank’s UK deputy GC leaves role after in-house stint

The deputy general counsel for the UK investment adviser branch of Softbank has left his role after six months. Softbank brought in Paul Loynes in November 2019 from Apollo Global Management, although it’s understood he departed in March. Loynes was previously the first-ever European general counsel of US private equity firm Apollo Global Management. He spent […]

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