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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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UK200: Law firms more pessimistic than ever before

Most of the UK’s largest law firms believe that the current financial year will be significantly more difficult in terms of trading than 2018/19, The Lawyer can reveal. As part of the research for this year’s UK 200 report, firms were asked the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with the statement: Trading conditions […]

US firms gain market share and UK200 coverage

Yesterday saw the launch of The Lawyer UK200 report, the UK legal market’s leading statistical analysis of its 200 largest law firms. And what was different this year? Well, quite a lot of things, not least the unrivalled detail and granularity of the data. But there was also this: a new ranking highlighting the rise […]

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Exclusive: US firms now dominate London mid-tier, UK200 shows

The largest US firms are now so entrenched in the UK legal market that they are collectively generating over £2bn annually and are major players in the 100 firms bringing in the most revenue from the UK. New research carried out for the first time for The Lawyer’s UK200 2014, released today (27 October 2014), […]

Reed Smith bags Nabarro trio for City funds launch

Reed Smith has launched a London investment funds practice with the hire of ­former Nabarro partner and barrister Dale Gabbert. Gabbert, who joins as a partner, will bring with him associates Winston Penhall and Matthew Pitman. He will advise funds including private equity, property and hedge funds on investment management, corporate and regulatory issues. Reed […]

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