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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 […]


Bakers brings in bonuses on back of revenue hike

Baker & McKenzie has introduced a new bonus scheme for all UK staff after preliminary figures revealed a 9 per cent increase in London revenue to break the £100m barrier for the first time. London managing partner Gary Senior said the new bonus scheme, introduced from 1 July, would provide all fee-earners and support staff […]

Hunt slams government interference in Legal Services Board

The committee scrutinising the draft Legal Services Bill today (25 July) warned that the current proposals will harm the independence of the legal profession. The joint committee, led by Beachcroft former senior partner Lord Hunt of Wirral, said in its report published today that many of the Bill’s proposals will potentially harm the reputation of […]

DLA Piper grows in Italy with raid on Carnelutti

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has upgraded its Italian technology, media and communications (TMC) practice with the hire of a partner from demerged McDermott Will & Emery firm Carnelutti. Giangiacomo Olivi becomes head of TMC at DLA Piper in Italy. He specialises in the preparation and negotiation of distribution, licence and output and audiovisual production […]

Silks: The full list of new QCs

The ranks of female and solicitor-advocate QCs have been swelled by a record number of new appointments in the first round of the revamped silk application process. Nearly half of the 68 female applicants were awarded silk, with the 33 women practising across a wide range of areas. Previously the highest number of women to […]


Stephen McNamara: Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council head of legal Stephen McNamara is a staunch defender of his city and his council. Jon Parker reports Working for Bristol City Council is never going to make his fortune, says head of legal and democratic services Stephen McNamara, but he knows which side his bread is buttered. “We don’t earn six-figure […]

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