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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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Building up property rights

Human rights act: property law The Human Rights Act (HRA) will have a wide-ranging impact on property issues. Corporate and individual property owners, as well as public authorities, will need to undertake a review of their approach to property matters in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights. The fragmentation of the public […]

Lawyers claim Dome bosses are untouchable

Lawyers and accountants have dismissed claims that directors of the Millennium Dome could face legal action following a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The report shows that the Dome was insolvent at the time it was awarded its latest £47m lottery handout. “The report may be warning directors of a possible liability,” says Colin Haig, partner […]

Lovells hires partner for Moscow

Lovells is bucking the trend by expanding its Moscow office as other firms retreat from the region. US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is considering pulling out of Moscow, and Eversheds dissolved its office only a month ago (The Lawyer, 18 September). Lovells, though, is taking on Larry George as a second partner for […]

CLA-Europe's single brand forces Dutch firm to leave

DUTCH firm Kennedy Van der Laan has pulled out of the Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA) Europe Alliance less than two months after its formation, following the launch of the group’s single-branding strategy. The alliance was launched on 19 July by 15 firms, including Hammond Suddards Edge in the UK. As an IT/IP specialist, Kennedys, which […]

Osborne Clarke's German firm set for merger with Bapperts

Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest, the German ally of Osborne Clarke OWA, is in the final stages of merger talks with Bappert Witz & Selbherr in Freiburg. A vote will be taken in November, but both firms are confident the merger will go ahead to create a 64-partner firm. Graf von Westphalen, which has […]

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