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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 […]


Exchange lures eight for annexe

Liverpool set Exchange Chambers is taking on the eight barristers leaving St James’s Chambers in Manchester. The team, led by Anthony Elleray QC, was revealed to be leaving last week (The Lawyer, 12 February). It will now join Exchange Chambers’ Manchester annexe. The group boosts the commercial and chancery team in the set to 19, […]

Eversheds partner quits for Pinsents

Eversheds pensions partner Susan Andrews is quitting to join Pinsent Curtis Biddle. Andrews, who is regarded as a rising star in pensions law, qualified as a barrister before requalifying as a solicitor. She joined Eversheds through merger partner Frere Cholmeley Bischoff in 1998. Previously, she was at Charles Russell and before that Herbert Smith. City-based […]

Singapore zing

Lee Suet Fern is everything you would expect from a member of the upper echelons of society. Immaculately dressed, attractive and petite with mountains of enthusiasm, first impressions are of an aristocrat rather than one who clinches multimillion pound deals. Her well-connected family background does not dispel the image either: her father was a respected […]

Never mind the…

On the subject of names, last week an unfortunate accident occurred in the rarefied surroundings of the Temple. A certain KLegal tax litigation director had attended a meeting and might possibly have indulged in a couple of sherries. Perhaps – just perhaps – he was a little unsteady as he made his way to the […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – chelsfield

SJ Berwin’s relationship with quoted property company Chelsfield has steadily deepened since the firm acted on the acquisition of 1 Golden Lane as part of a portfolio in 1998. The sale of the building to a Middle Eastern investment company for £41m hinged on the completion of two agreements negotiated earlier last year. One was […]

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