Latest Briefings

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 […]



Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Lloyds Chemists in the issue of $30 million unsecured loan notes. US firm White & Case acted for purchasers of the notes.


Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham acted for Britannic Assurance on the disposal of a £73.5 million property portfolio to P&O subsidiary Cheverell Estates.

Henriques to take top northern post

John Malpas reports RICHARD Henriques QC has been appointed leader of the northern circuit. Henriques, of Dean Court Chambers in Manchester’s Crown Square, takes over from Rodney Klevan QC, of nearby 18 St John Street. Klevan recently launched an unsuccessful bid to win the Bar Council vice-chairmanship. Henriques was selected after a ballot of the […]


Titmuss Sainer Dechert acted for NatWest Wood Mackenzie & Co in a £7 million rights issue by Wyndeham Press Group

The Lawyer Inquiry: Shaun Lowde

What was your first job? Peripatetic news dissemination executive (paper-boy). What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? They asked me to pay them – shortly before I left. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Probably joined one of those obscure Californian cults which require you to give up […]

Recruit legal talent

Get your role in front of over 300,000 legal professionals when you advertise with The Lawyer. Our team of experts provide bespoke solutions to help solve all your recruitment challenges.

Find out more