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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 […]


Costs conscious councils

Two local authorities are heading for a legal costs showdown at the High Court. West Oxfordshire District council is suing Tewkesbury Borough Council for allegedly failing to honour a deal to share the costs of an action. It is seeking damages over what it claims was breach of a 1991 contract under which the two […]

Big Six law firms in France square up for names battle

Law firms in France with links to the Big Six accountancy firms may seek compensation from the French government if they are forced to change their names, according to one lawyer embroiled in the debate. The battle centres around the conflicting provisions of a law passed in 1992, which has only just come into force. […]

More partners are made up abroad than inside the UK

Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines have made up more partners abroad this year than they have in the UK. Of the leading firms, Freshfields has the highest ratio of foreign to domestic partners. It has made up six domestic and 10 foreign-based partners. Five of the overseas partners are based in the Far East and […]

Abolish duty solicitor committees, says Edwards

LEADING criminal solicitor Tony Edwards has joined calls for a radical reform of the duty solicitor scheme following complaints from some practitioners that local committees are operating cartels across the country. According to Edwards, who sits on the Law Society’s criminal law committee and is senior partner of TV Edwards & Co, local duty solicitor […]

…and poaches Stephensons' employment partner Seward

Stephenson Harwood employment partner Karen Seward is leaving to build a London employment practice at Pinsent Curtis. Seward, at Stephensons since September 1994 and made up to partner in November last year, was number two in the firm’s employment department and is currently negotiating her leaving date. Pinsents’ London managing partner Graeme Brister said: “I […]

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