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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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Media

Pinsent Curtis advised Sunderland Football Club on its strategic media alliance with British Sky Broadcasting Group. BSkyB has bought £6.5m worth of Sunderland’s share capital, representing 5 per cent of its total. It will also pay the club £6.5m to act as the exclusive media agent for five years. The Pinsent Curtis team was led […]

NY team moves in at Deweys London

US firm Dewey Ballantine is beefing up its London office with New York lawyers after losing a leading UK corporate finance partner. Douglas Colliver is joining Andersen Legal firm Garretts as head of banking, leaving the future of Deweys’ UK law capability in doubt. Sources close to the firm suggest that Deweys is retrenching. Rather […]

David Hacking

Sean Farrell meets Lord David Hacking, the founder of Sonnenschein’s London office who is joining Littleton Chambers. .LORD David Hacking has not recovered from the trauma of the closure of US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s London office, which he founded in 1994 before becoming of counsel in 1997. He says: “I feel a tremendous […]

Finers Stephens Innocent in further expansion

Michael Lewis will head up Finers Stephens Innocent’s private client department, while Michael Kutner joins the property department, Alan Kaufman the family division, Peter Carter the corporate department and Howard Zetter the commercial litigation department. The five will join as partners on 31 January, along with six other fee earners. Finers’ managing partner, Richard Gerstein […]

Intellectual Property

Olswang acted for online music community mudhut.co.uk in relation to an exclusive distribution deal with Acid Jazz, which gives mudhut exclusive digital distribution rights to all artists under the Acid Jazz label for the next six years. Mudhut was advised by John Enser, the head of Olswang’s music team, while Acid Jazz was represented by […]

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