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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 […]


The unbalancing act

The UK’s extradition laws are designed to fight terrorism. But the cases of the ‘NatWest Three’ and Ian Norris have highlighted how these laws are being used against white-collar criminals. On 21 February this year, three former National Westminster Bank (NatWest) bankers lost their High Court appeal against their extradition to the US on fraud […]

Bates Wells tops charity client table for fifth consecutive year

London’s Bates Wells & Braithwaite is the UK’s top firm for charity work, according to an annual league table. The RCM Top 3000 Charities list shows that the firm acts for 220 of the UK’s top 3,000 charities – well clear of second-placed Withers, which acts for 153. Senior Partner Stephen Lloyd, head of the charity and […]

Norton Rose US team vows to rebuild following resignations

Norton Rose‘s US corporate finance team has lost almost 60 per cent of its lawyers after seven associates resigned during the past eight months. But the firm has pledged to rebuild. A senior associate from California-based firm Cooley Godward joined the team last week, bringing the number of current lawyers in the team to five, […]

Bar Council, Law Soc continue work to enhance Anglo-Chinese relations

Law Society president Kevin Martin and Bar Council chairman Stephen Hockman QC have returned from a mission to open up further the Chinese legal market to UK firms. Martin and Hockman spent 10 days in Beijing and Shanghai, meeting Chinese officials to promote opportunities for cooperation between the UK and China. The pair spent time with the […]


Networking, teamwork, voluntary work…There’s more to becoming a successful lawyer than passing lots of exams. But fear not, Lawyer 2B’s careers agony aunt Kay Pearson is here to help. I passed my LPC in 2004 and still don’t have a training contract. What do you think I should do? What are my chances? Unlike a […]

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