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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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In brief: Clyde & Co finds new senior partner

Insurance lawyer John Dunt (pictured right) has been appointed senior partner at Clyde & Co’s Guildford office. Dunt succeeds Robert Chapman, who helped found the Guildford office 26 years ago and recently retired. Initially a marine and marine insurance practice, the office has expanded its company commercial work in recent years and now employs 60 […]

In brief: Desperately seeking former solicitor

The High Court in London has granted unprecedented leave to serve a notice of bankruptcy petition against an untraceable former solicitor, by advertisement in the legal press. The action brought against William Relton, former head of William Relton & Co, relates to unpaid fees to legal recruitment consultancy Charles Fellowes Partnership. The notice has been […]

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Chat with your computer

Shakespeare SpeechWriter has launched a new product – Shakespeare ProSpeak. The company says it allows the user to control the entire Windows environment and operate any Windows application by speech alone. The user can also control the direction and speed of the mouse and activate single or double clicks by speech. Shakespeare SpeechWriter has also […]

Litigation Personal Injury 04/03/97

Taylor v West Kent Health Authority – QB 14 February 1997 Claimant: Paul Taylor, Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Widower’s claim over death of his wife, 33-year-old mother of four, who died of cancer 23 December 1991. Family had claimed £200,000 damages in respect of failure to diagnose cancer after checks following discovery of lump in […]

In brief: Dickinson retires from Dickinson Dees

Robert Dickinson, senior partner of Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees for 10 years and with the firm for 34 years, has retired to devote more time to his duties as chairman of several listed companies. He will be replaced as senior partner by current managing partner Graham Wright. Neil Braithwaite succeeds Wright as managing partner.

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