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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 […]


High Court ruling opens way for Web libel suits

The High Court has ruled that for the first time an internet service provider (ISP) is responsible for defamatory material posted on its sites. The historic judgment seriously threatens the existing concept of freedom of information on which the internet is based. It is thought to be the first definitive ruling by an English High […]

Scottish Legal Aid Board suspends senior

A SENIOR member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has been suspended. The person, who has not been identified, was suspended on full pay pending the outcome of an investigation into the SLAB’s accounts assessment procedures. SLAB chairman Jean Couper says: “This issue is of utmost concern to the board and we have immediately […]

Law Soc moots new figurehead position

THE LAW Society is poised to create the powerful new post of a director general. Council members are studying the governing bodies of other professions – such as dentists, doctors, accountants and architects – in an attempt to develop a new structure. President Michael Mathews says: “This is carrying on the process of restructuring that […]

Suit leaves public bodies exposed

A RECENT Court of Appeal decision could open the floodgates for claims against public bodies previously regarded as “time barred”, according to lawyers acting in the case. The decision came in the case of Matra Communication SAS v the Home Office, which centred on the rights of the French company Matra to sue the Home […]

Stephensons boss quits for Greek job

Stephenson Harwood’s senior partner, David Slade, is due to step down this week to return to his Greek shipping practice and develop the client base. Slade will be based in the Piraeus office near Athens, where he will continue to expand the practice and build on work from the Croatian shipping industry. His replacement has […]

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