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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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Time for ADR to play its part

The latest publication of the Financial Law Panel (FLP), Alternative Dispute Resolution in Commerce and Finance, was sent to the panel’s subscribers and other interested parties last week. It contains a brief guide to the types and sources of ADR available to people handling most types of business disputes. An increasing amount of attention is […]

A spirit of fair play

Richard Bagley (‘What’s in Mears’ title?’ The Lawyer 10 October), in calling for a five-year executive presidency for the Law Society, misses the essential point that the post is (and indeed Mr Mears was) democratically elected. The secretary general carries out policy, the president is crucial to its formulation. The two roles are quite distinct. […]

Names issue writ against Clyde & Co

Lloyd’s Names are suing Clyde & Co, a major legal player in the Lloyd’s insurance market in connection with one of the biggest pieces of Lloyd’s litigation to date. Clyde & Co said it will contest the action. The 4,000-member Sturge Names Action Group (Snag) is instructing Eversheds in this and other actions after collectively […]

In brief: Instant guide to Irish litigation

A new guide for UK lawyers on litigation in Ireland was launched in London by the Irish Minister for Justice, Mrs Nora Owen TD. The guide, Litigation in Ireland – A Comparative Guide for Lawyers in England and Wales, was produced by Irish firm McCann Fitzgerald, to provide lawyers already accustomed to the civil procedure […]

In brief: Question over TSG role in working parties

Details of the three presidential working parties to tackle conveyancing, communication and training are yet to be released. Lists of the candidates were presented to the Law Society Council on 21 September, but president Martin Mears said some members still had to be contacted to confirm their willingness to take part. He denied the delay […]

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