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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 […]


Barclays Global Investors scoops Goldman Sachs GC

Barclays’s asset management business has appointed former Goldman Sachs general counsel Michael Crowl as its new global general counsel. Barclays Global Investors (BGI) has appointed former Goldman Sachs global general counsel of investment banking Michael Crowl as its new global general counsel. Crowl spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as managing director and […]

Mayer Brown launches regulatory practice

Mayer Brown has set up a global financial services regulatory and enforcement practice group made up of 50 lawyers across the firm’s London and US offices. Jointly headed by Washington partners Scott Anenberg and Charles Horn and New York partner Michael Butowsky, the group will focus on regulatory, enforcement, litigation and policy matters for financial […]

New Orrick M&A head sets sights on London

Howard Shecter got off to a flying start last week as the new head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s global M&A practice. “Sorry I didn’t get to speak to you yesterday,” jokes Shecter when The Lawyer catches up with him on day two. “But I spent all day doing benefit plans and computer training.” Things […]

Third-party funders line up as competition law appeal grows

The Which?-JJB case has led the way for private competition-related claims. Caroline Binham reports Brace yourselves: competition law is coming to the masses. It was once the territory of economist techies and fans of obscure European law, but now the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided that wronged consumers deserve, or rather need, to […]

Bircham in Nottingham car parking levy scheme

Bircham Dyson Bell is representing Nottingham City Council in its bid to introduce the first workplace parking space levy in the UK. The firm’s head of major projects Robbie Owen is working alongside partner Nick Evans and associate Tom Henderson to draw up proposals aimed at cutting congestion in the city. The firm has a […]

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