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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 […]


W&C fights Morgan Crucible extradition

White & Case will be in court today (17 October) in the continued fight to prevent the extradition of retired businessman Ian Norris to the US. London litigation head Alistair Graham is instructing Richard Gordon QC of Brick Court Chambers in Norris’s appeal against his extradition on price-fixing offences. Norris was formerly chief executive of […]

Ashurst re-elects Bromwich as managing partner

Ashurst has confirmed the reappointment of managing partner Simon Bromwich for a second three-year term leading up to 2010. In an internal announcement sent out this morning, the firm confirmed that its eight-member board had opted to re-elect Bromwich. As first reported on (6 September), the board had been informally canvassing the partnership over […]

Martineau Johnson elects new senior partner

Birmingham-based firm Martineau Johnson has a new senior partner, electing head of funds and growth companies Roger Blears to the role. Blears takes over from incumbent Hugh Carslake on 1 January 2007, who stands down after three years in the role. Blears will now work alongside managing partner William Barker, overseeing strategy for the next […]

Herbies raids Norton Rose for Dubai launch

Norton Rose’s Middle Eastern operations have been hit by the imminent departure of Dubai finance partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir to launch Herbert Smith’s new Dubai offering. The defections halve Norton Rose’s Dubai partnership, leaving behind Graeme Muir and recent recruit Tahir Ahmed. Herbert Smith has been examining the possibilities of opening a Dubai […]

Watson Farley doubles office space

Watson Farley & Williams is almost doubling the size of its London premises. The firm has agreed to take over another whole floor, or 15,000sq ft, of its Appold Street premises, as well as the remaining 5,000sq ft on the lower ground floor. The move represents a 40 per cent increase in the size of […]

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