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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 […]


Satanic killing case heads for Law Lords

Roger Pearson reports on defendants’ rights to a claim of diminished responsibility once they have been ruled unfit to plead. The right of defendants in criminal proceedings to mount a defence of diminished responsibility after it has already been held that they are unfit to plead is to be probed by the House of Lords. […]

Litigation Personal Injury 11/10/99

William Barker v Cape Plc (1999) Mayor’s & City of London County Court (HH Judge Gibson) 24 September 1999 Claimant: Male, 20-29 years old at date of asbestos exposure; 65 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant was employed by the defendant company as a lagger. He was exposed to asbestos between 1954 […]

Biddle appoints former lawyer as business chief

City firm Biddle has appointed a former Gouldens partner as its first-ever business development director. Diana Spoudeas worked in corporate finance until earlier this year. Biddle has now snapped her up. The 32-partner firm was keen to appoint a lawyer, rather than a marketing expert, to the role. Managing partner Martin Lane says of her […]


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Lord Chancellor pushes for more judges

The Lord Chancellor is seeking Parliament’s leave to bump up the maximum number of High Court judges allowed from 98 to 106. The Lord Chancellor’s Department says the hike is required to help tackle the predicted workload increase caused by the implementation of the Human Rights Act and the Immigration and Asylum bill. Lord Irvine […]

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