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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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Latham aids Barbados in flying fish hostilities

Latham & Watkins has helped Barbados safeguard the future of its national delicacy, flying fish, with a landmark arbitration deciding fishing boundaries between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Public law head Robert Volterra acted for the Barbadian government, working with the Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley QC, in proceedings initiated in 2004. Barbados and Trinidad […]

Lovells overhauls partnership council

Lovells has completely overhauled its partnership council adding five new members to its partnership council, following a vote of the partnership yesterday (Thursday). The new members including litigation partners Christopher Grierson (who comes fresh from the collapse of the BCCI case) and Nick Atkins, Rome private equity partner Leah Dunlop, New York litigation partner Marc […]

Linklaters suffers Giuliani raid in NYC

Linklaters New York office has suffered what is understood to be its first group defection after three lawyers, including US head of corporate Mark Palmer, left to join US firm Bracewell & Giuliani. Palmer joins Houston-based Bracewell as head of its New York corporate practice, along with Jonathan Gill and Robb Tretter who join as […]

Staff bonuses: handle with care

Bonuses may be a minefield, but if handled right they can be a huge staff incentive. By Mark Brandon Bonuses are regarded as a necessary evil by some law firms and a key employment benefit by others, but universal they are not. However, having a bonus – and one that works – is becoming a […]

Call of the wild

The restrictions controlling the development of conservation areas are playing a large part in the future of Thames Basin sites. Douglas Evans and Gary Sector look at the provisions protecting the wildlife The Government’s housing policy objectives for the South East are being thwarted by three bird species protected by Europe – the nightjar, woodlark […]

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