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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 […]


Holland & Knight merges in Chicago

Holland & Knight’s marriage to the 40-lawyer practice which specialises in litigation, real estate, land use and employment law creates a law firm with more than 950 lawyers. Holland & Knight’s managing partner, Bill McBride, says the merger will solidify the firm’s presence in Chicago – which he describes as one of the top business […]

Scuffle of the week

The fight is on on the Tube, not just for a seat but also for the right to use the name ‘Metro’, the title of the new range of free newspapers given out in city centres. In Manchester, the Guardian Media Group has won the right to use the name over Associated Newspapers, which started […]

Alan Morris

Claire Smith meets the new global head of communications at Landwell, Alan Morris, who, as a non-lawyer, had run out of career options at Simmons & Simmons. The appointment to global head of operations at Landwell is a big challenge for the former managing director of Simmons & Simmons, Alan Morris. He will be charged […]

Clyde & Co loses second partner to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

Clyde & Co is losing its second partner to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in under a year. Stephen Browning, formally a company and commercial partner at Clyde & Co, is leaving after 13 years at the firm. He will become a partner in the corporate and finance division at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, specialising in […]

Eversheds Leeds loses property litigation head

Penny Belcher is one of the top property litigation lawyers in the North-East, and has worked for clients including supermarket giant Asda and printing and packaging group Rexam. It is understood that both clients will continue instructing her at Irwin Mitchell. Belcher says: “I moved because Eversheds has become so enormous that I felt like […]

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