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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 […]


Weil Gotshal and Baker Botts score top roles on Enron-Dynegy merger

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Baker Botts have taken the lion’s share of the legal advice on the $7.8bn (£5.51bn) merger between Enron, the world’s largest energy trader, and its rival Dynegy.Enron’s core product is a wholesale merchant business for natural gas and power, but it has strayed into a myriad of global energy and […]


In a recent Leader article, The Lawyer queried the bar’s “continued fascination” with chief executives. Viewing such chambers interlopers as a passing phenomenon fails to recognise the benefits of general management to the bar and the vision of many leading sets in seeking to shape the future of their branch of the profession.The early failure […]

CC fails to reach targets despite increased turnover

Clifford Chance has missed budget for the first six months of this year, but has still recorded a turnover figure well up on last year’s. The firm billed £490m for the first half of the year, an increase of 10 per cent on the same period last year. But the budget was nearer £530m, so […]

Message in a bottle

The new economy seems to have passed Tulkinghorn by. Just as he and Mrs Tulkinghorn were learning to send electronic messages, he is now told that, as a profit-making venture, this new technology has had its day. It therefore comes as no surprise, Tulkinghorn supposes, that e-commerce firm McNeive has supplemented its business of offering […]

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