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Approval of liquidator’s remuneration: a tale of two reporters

A recent Sheriff Court judgment is the latest decision to consider the role and remit of the court reporter in a liquidation which, unusually, involved the court appointing two reporters. In Scotland, the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 provide that where there is no creditors committee, the remuneration of a liquidator shall […]

Variation to an office lease to allow use as a private members’ club

The Upper Tribunal has allowed a variation to a lease that restricted the use of a property to office use (with minor residential use) so that the tenant could implement a planning permission to convert the property into a private members’ club. Background A user clause in a lease is a restrictive covenant. If the […]

Tax now payable much sooner following a disposal of residential property

From 6 April 2020 significant changes will be made to the deadline for paying capital gains tax (CGT) and filing tax returns in respect of disposals by individuals and trusts of UK residential property. Taxpayers and advisers need to be aware of these changes now. UK property disposals prior to 6 April 2020 Previously, UK […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]

Competition law – welcome guidance in a time of crisis

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published helpful guidance on how it will apply competition law in light of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the government has taken the unprecedented step of relaxing competition law in certain sectors. In the round, these developments offer welcome guidance and comfort – but they also serve as a timely reminder […]


Lupton promotes non-lawyer to associate

Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett has promoted one of its former secretaries to associate, capping off an unconventional career path for marketing manager Jackie Parkhill. Parkhill joined the firm 10 years ago as a temporary secretary on a one-month contract. She returned as a permanent secretary, moving to the marketing team after 18 months. Parkhill is […]

Morgan Lewis scoops Norton Rose partner

Morgan Lewis has snared a corporate finance equity partner from Norton Rose. Iain Wright, who was with Norton Rose for 16 years, joined the London office of Morgan Lewis last week as part of the firm’s focus on this practice group. Wright said: “At Norton Rose I was very much involved in the telecoms sector. […]

Chadwick LJ returns to the bar at One Essex Ct

Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Chadwick has today (12 November) retired from the bench to rejoin his old chambers One Essex Court. Chadwick, who was made up to the bench 16 years ago, becomes an associate member of the set, as under the bar rules the judge cannot rejoin as a tenant. His practice […]

Germany’s equal measures

Germany’s Act on Equal Treatment brings discrimination laws under one blanket, but it will potentially increase the burden for companies, warns Michael Leue On 29 June 2006, the German Federal Parliament passed the much-debated Act on Equal Treatment (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG)). The AGG, which came into force on 18 August 2006 and was subsequently amended […]

Linklaters aids Hackney school kids with reading and maths

Linklaters has launched a volunteering partnership with all 76 schools in Hackney through the borough’s education authority. inklaters has launched a volunteering partnership with all 76 schools in Hackney through the borough’s education authority. The scheme, which was launched last Tuesday (13 November) to coincide with National Pro Bono Week, will initially see 600 volunteers […]

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