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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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Shepherds bags Taylor Woodrow

Taylor Woodrow has appointed Shepherd + Wedderburn as its principle Scottish property adviser after a two-month competitive tender. Maclay Murray & Spens came a close second and will gain a smaller share of the work, as well as instructions when Shepherds is conflicted. The appointment puts Shepherds in a much stronger position with Taylor Woodrow […]

Survival Techniques

The three big accountancy-tied firms, Tite & Lewis, Landwell and KLegal, may no longer be aimimg to challenge the magic circle, but they are proving their critics wrong and hanging on in there. Helen Power reports on the ups and downs of MDPs

Wragges’ surprise signing: can he do the business?

Emma Vere-Jones on Adrian Bland’s Midlands defection from Eversheds to arch rival Wragges. Adrian Bland’s departure from Eversheds last month was a shock to most in the Birmingham real estate market – although not as much of a shock as it was to most of the lawyers at his new firm Wragge & Co. Apparently, […]

A&O makes second hire from the Conseil d’Etat

Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired a second lawyer from the French administrative supreme court, the Conseil d’Etat, to bolster its public and environmental law capability in Paris. Frédéric Mion joins as of counsel and will work with partner Noël Chahid-Nouraï, who joined A&O two years ago from the senior French civil service.

Lord Chancellor in silks U-turn

The Lord Chancellor has today indicated that he will be getting rid of the silks system by swapping it for a quality-mark set up by the barrister profession.The surprise concession by Lord Irvine ironically follows on the heels of his decision to appoint more silks than ever before in the recent round of appointments. The […]

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