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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 […]


Paying the price for a lack of leadership

The Bar’s response to Lord Irvine’s attack on the civil legal aid scheme recommending the closer monitoring of costs in long-running criminal cases and the extension of graduated fees seems a sensible solution. However, observers are entitled to ask why these steps were not taken before now. Neither the Bar nor the Law Society have […]

Mckennas launches Hansa Law Group

Cameron McKenna has relaunched its north European alliance under the banner The Hansa Law Group. The alliance was set up on an informal basis two years ago and has since brought together firms from most countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Berning Schluter Hald in Copenhagen and Tisell & Co in Sweden were founding members, but […]

In brief: Bar reviews 'fat-cat barrister' costs

The Bar is urgently drafting proposals for slashing costs in high-cost cases, in the wake of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s public attack on “fat-cat barristers” and his legal aid proposals.

In brief: Llewelyn Zeitman

In our story on Llewelyn Zeitman (11 November) we stated that three partners left Denton Hall to go to Llewelyn Zeitman. Denton Hall has asked us to point out that only one of those leaving, James Irvine, was a partner. Gerard Cronin was an assistant and Miles Laddie was a consultant. Ian MacDonald was never […]

Why firms should not fear the package deal

At the International Bar Association conference in New Delhi, Chris Arnheim discussed the threat posed by accountancy firms. Here, The Lawyer prints edited extracts from his speech. Chris Arnheim is a founding partner of Arnheim & Co. As I wandered round the International Bar Association conference I heard a great deal of concern about the […]

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