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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 […]


Date set for the Deacons-White & Case Hong Kong showdown

The controversial action by Deacons against White & Case and two of its former partners is due to be heard in the Hong Kong High Court next Monday (2 June). As revealed in The Lawyer (8 July), White & Case became embroiled in the court battle after it poached a highly-rated insolvency team from Deacons’ […]

Field Fisher merges property into single entity

Field Fisher Waterhouse has merged its two property groups into one. New head of property Moira Gilmour said the divisions, which saw the practice split into a hotels and leisure group and an industrial group, were largely historic. First revealed on, 20 May

Gage slams lawyers for high costs

Claimant lawyers acting in the organ retention litigation were slammed in the High Court last week for overestimating the number of hours they would spend in preparation and during the trial. Lawyers led by David Harris of Alexander Harris, who are acting for the 2,100 claimants who have claims arising out of the alleged organ […]

TAG’s non-lawyered CFAs get Appeal Court backing

A scheme set up by The Accident Group (Tag), under which a non-lawyer handles conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), has been vindicated for the second time by the Court of Appeal. The fate of some 700 solicitor practices rested on the outcome of this decision. Had the CFAs been declared invalid by the judge, the firms […]

Legal alliance set to drop Ernst & Young from its title

The European legal network of Ernst & Young (EY) is considering a total rebrand that will drop its Ernst & Young title. The network, which is currently called the Ernst & Young Law Alliance, will drop the full name of the accountancy firm in a bid to avoid regulatory hurdles that beset it in many […]

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