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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 […]


Woolf heralds new legal landscape

The access to justice reforms will transform the landscape of civil justice, Lord Woolf has claimed, but he has ruled out extra funding, pilot schemes and the appointment of more judges to help implement the changes. The judge’s ambitious reforms to cut the cost of litigation and speed up justice, unveiled on Friday, have been […]

Hammonds coup secures City expert

Hammond Suddards is plugging the gap left by February’s defection of Andrew Knight to Manches & Co by recruiting City high-flyer Gwen Griffiths, who joins from Stephenson Harwood. Griffiths will take on Knight’s former role as head of banking and will work closely with other City lawyers recruited recently by Hammonds. They include derivatives specialist […]

Murder of human rights lawyer leads to calls for inquiry

Tony Girling, the Law Society’s new president, and Ross Harper, the president of the International Bar Association, have written to the Indian prime minister calling for an inquiry into the death of Indian lawyer Jalil Andrabi. The move, which came at the prompting of Indian lawyers, came after the body of Andrabi, who was challenging […]

In brief: Leicester merger to form Hill Flynn Law

Leicester firms Hill Flynn and Law & Co are merging to become Hill Flynn Law. The partners of the new firm, Robert Flynn and Niall Greene, set up Hill Flynn in 1989 after splitting from Geoffrey Hill & Co of Hinkley. At 33 and 29 years of age, they claim they were the youngest solicitors […]

Valuer's liability

John Malpas reports Ronald Walker QC and Vincent Moran, of 12 Kings Bench Walk, held a briefing on valuer’s liability last week. They were joined on the platform by Helen Dudley, of Cameron Markby Hewitt.

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