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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 […]

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Rogers & Wells snaps up US international finance lawyer

Former Special Counsel at the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of International Corporate Finance, Walter Van Dorn, is to join Rogers & Wells’ London office. Van Dorn will initially split his time between Rogers & Wells in London and the firm’s Washington DC office before shifting to Britain permanently later this year. At the […]

Vicki Swanton on striking out a plaintiff's claim. Vicki Swanton is a solicitor at healthcare solicitors The Lewington Partnership.

In the case of O’Grady v Worcestershire Health Authority, Judge McEvoy upheld the decision of Deputy District Judge Williams, striking out the plaintiff’s not insubstantial claim for want of prosecution following an accident at work in May 1988. Proceedings were commenced on the deadline of the limitation period but the plaintiff’s representatives failed to progress […]

The tomorrow people

With a number of the juniors mentioned last year taking silk recently, special qualities are needed to stand out from the pack. Again, this list is by no means exhaustive. The juniors to keep an eye on are, at 2 Garden Court, Henry Blaxland, Courtenay Griffiths, Simon Farrell and Anthony Jennings. Another set with a […]

HK firms ride stock market rollercoaster

Lawyers in Hong Kong are bracing themselves for more turbulence as the stock market rollercoaster continues. The immediate effect, says Donald Tsun, a consultant at Linklaters & Paines’ Hong Kong office, has been to see some deals put on hold while others have been abandoned. Allen & Overy managing partner in Hong Kong Paul Monk […]

First public victim of SIF as sole practice goes to the wall

The sole practice of former Eversheds partner Jocelyn Taylor has become the first public casualty of the massive hikes in Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) contributions. Taylor, who left Eversheds to work part-time from home three years ago, says her SIF contribution has rocketed from £1,600 last year to £9,110 for the year ahead, and her […]

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