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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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In brief: Environmental law handbook launched

A book written to give solicitors crucial information on the environmental obligations and liabilities of their clients has been written by College of Law senior lecturer Trevor Hellawell. The manual – entitled ‘The Law Society’s Environmental Law Handbook’- explains the various effects of environmental law, including the Environment Act. The book is available through the […]

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Judges join study board

THE JUDICIAL Studies Board is to appoint two circuit judges to share the newly created post of director of studies, in a bid to bolster its training role. Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay announced the move last Monday. He praised the board and its five committees for devoting their own time to developing the board’s work. […]

Puddephatt signs up to Charter 88

THE TOP job at one of Britain’s leading legal rights pressure groups is up for grabs following the resignation of Andrew Puddephatt as general secretary of Liberty. Puddephatt will join political campaign group Charter 88 in September as full-time director after six years at Liberty, replacing Colin Darracott. He leaves behind him a five-strong legal […]

Dibbs sues Lloyd's defaulters for £3m

DIBB Lupton Broomhead litigators are issuing writs for more than £3 million against defaulting Lloyd’s Names – the biggest tranche of legal actions yet issued on behalf of Lloyd’s agents. They will also be handling the first test case against Names, due in court on 21 September. Up to 111 UK Names and 21 US […]

Lawyers slam DoE liability plan

LAWYERS have universally rejected a proposal to introduce a “sole liability” rule for construction projects which suffer from inherent building defects. City firms, the Law Society and the Bar roundly condemned the idea in a consultation exercise by the Department of the Environment. The exercise aims to produce a set of clauses governing how claims […]

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