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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 […]



Shopping for justice

Got a Lithuanian client whose libel action could be damaged by one particular witness? No problem. Just ship the entire case over to England, have it heard by one of the most prestigious justice systems in the world, and conveniently leave the problematic witness behind. Alternatively, plaintiffs who are afraid that they will not get […]

Vive l'anglais simple

What moaning minnies Crown Prosecution Service lawyers must be. The article, “Crown Prosecutors threaten action over discrimination” (The Lawyer, 1 February) states that lawyers passed over for interview for the new chief crown prosecutor jobs are threatening legal action. They feel discriminated against because internal performance markings were used in sifting through application forms. What […]

Law Soc slams proposals for trial-without-jury in EU fraud

Plans to introduce a special prosecutor and trial-without-jury for alleged fraud in the European Union have been branded unworkable by the Law Society. A damning Law Society report is due to be submitted to a House of Lords sub-committee looking into the European Commission proposals, known as corpus juris. Kingsley Napley partner Christopher Murray, who […]

Immigration lawyers

Bad news for immigration lawyers this week – a report predicts that the already record-breaking backlog of asylum and immigration claims is set to grow even longer. The National Audit Office (NAO) warns the backlog of 45,000 claims will increase as a result of computer implementation delays. A further spanner could be thrown in the […]

Stalker on the internet

LOS ANGELES prosecutors have brought the first case of “cyber-stalking”, or harassment by computer. The prosecution is against a spurned security guard who posted advertisements on the internet in his victim’s name – claiming she was “into rape fantasy and gang-bang fantasy” – including her address, phone number and instructions on how to bypass her […]

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