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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 […]



Simmons shuts Rotterdam, focuses on Amsterdam

Simmons & Simmons has decided to close its Rotterdam office and move all its Dutch lawyers to Amsterdam. The announcement comes after a two-month consultation on the fate of the office. Rotterdam had been the larger of the firm’s two Dutch branches, with 27 partners and 78 fee earners compared to seven partners and 12 […]

Magisters sets up shop in Kazakhstan

Ukrainian firm Magisters has extended its international ­presence by opening an office in Kazakhstan. The Astana office will be staffed by five lawyers and headed by arbitration partner Marta Khomyak, with further expansion planned. Khomyak said: “The Kazakhstan market remains attractive to international investors despite the current challenges in the global economy. The office will […]

Moves roundup: 26 January 2009

Longstanding Travers Smith corporate ­partner Oliver Barnes has retired. Barnes was a former head of the corporate practice and recently sat on the firm’s LLP conversion committee. Move of the week Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired Jayne Black and Eleanor ­Hunwicks (pictured) as City finance partners. Prior to their appointments both worked at the London […]

Greenwoods broadens reach with City branch

Personal injury ­boutique Greenwoods is to open a City office as part of ongoing expansion plans. Personal ;injury ­boutique Greenwoods is to open a City office as part of ongoing expansion plans. The office will open at the end of February, when the firm will move its catastrophic injury practice and property, insurance and construction practice […]


Dentons names Kitchen as next chairman

Corporate partner Martin Kitchen has been named as the new chairman of Denton Wilde Sapte, following a contested election with a total of three contenders. Kitchen, whose three-year term begins on 7 February, replaces Dubai-based partner James Dallas, who will step down to focus on the Middle East energy practice. Kitchen said: “My manifesto was […]

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