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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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Abbey merger: £18m spent on Slaughters, print and postage

With the High Court set to approve the Abbey National- Santander Central Hispano (SCH) merger today (8 November), it has emerged that Abbey spent around £9m sending out legal documentation to its 1.8 million shareholders. It is thought that Abbey’s law firm Slaughter and May will get around the same amount as the bank spent […]

Brabners hires new Liverpool construction head

Brabners Chaffe Street is developing its Liverpool construction team with the hire of a solicitor from Hammonds’ Manchester office. Ian Hardman joins Brabners as a partner and head of the Liverpool construction department, which now has five lawyers. His experience ranges from commercial developments to nuclear decommissioning projects, and includes dispute resolution experience. Hardman will […]

Robin Simon Llp

Tucked away in the heart of London’s insurance hub, between the London Underwriting Centre and Lloyd’s, is a niche firm with a global reach. Formed 18 months ago from the demerger of Hammonds’ insurance department, Robin Simon already has a £4.8m turnover and clients as big as US insurer AIG. The firm came into being […]

MoFo’s IP, antitrust depts each get new partner

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has added to its IP and antitrust litigation practices with the hire of two partners. Rory Radding joins MoFo from IP boutique Pennie & Edmonds and will head the IP and patent group in MoFo’s New York office. Meanwhile, commercial and antitrust litigator Michael Miller comes to MoFo from Sullivan & […]

Bevan Ashford splits into two firms

Bevan Ashford’s twin arms formally demerged on 1 November after 18 years, creating Bevan Brittan, the legacy Bristol, Birmingham and London arm, and Ashfords, the Exeter, Plymouth and London side. One of Bevan Brittan’s first acts has been to create a pensions department with the appointment of Gary Delderfield, a senior associate from Martineau Johnson.

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