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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 […]


Eversheds' private client cast-off sparks mass exit

Following Eversheds’ shake-up of its private client department (The Lawyer, 22 October 2001), four partners have left the firm to join Norfolk private client boutique Hansells Charity law expert Philip Norton, private capital partner Richard Jacob, commercial property expert John Hardman and family law specialist David Sisson are taking three associates and six support staff […]

Vinge boosts UK connection

Swedish law firm Vinge is boosting its UK regional relationships having acted on a referral from Halliwell Landau Vinge advised on the acquisition of Swedish games developer 42-Bit AB by Warthog. It is the first time that Halliwells has undertaken any activity in Sweden.Vinge corporate partner Peter Oscarsson, based in Malmo, first came accross Halliwell […]


No addition, amendment or modification of this agreement shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by and on behalf of both parties.”Such words are commonly encountered in the ‘standard template’ clauses of commercial contract precedents. Practitioners might assume that the provision excludes subsequent variations (either orally or by conduct) by the contracting […]

Norton Rose set to vote for new chief executive

Norton Rose will this week vote on who will replace current managing partner Roger Birkby to take the chief executive officer (CEO) role Despite rumours that there were a number of partners interested in standing for the position, the final list of candidates comprises just three. Partners must vote between international business partner Peter Martyr, […]

The insurance trade

With huge amounts of money at stake, insurance and reinsurance claims arising from 11 September were inevitable. Matthew Line assesses the status of the ongoing litigation The tragic events of 11 September have given rise to some extremely complex legal issues. The complexities of these issues and the staggering sums of money involved have inevitably […]

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