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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 […]



Parabis reviews future of Bristol and Colchester offices, affecting 41 staff

Parabis has begun a consultation affecting some 41 staff over the future of its Bristol and Colchester offices. In a statement, the firm said it was seeking to rationalise its national network of offices to achieve “a better, more efficient match between teams and workloads”. Group commercial director Tim Roberts said: “It is not unusual […]

CPA Global: finding value in external counsel

The last few years have seen a move towards efficiency and cost-cutting in the legal market, largely driven by in-house counsel striving to meet their business’s demands within a tighter budget. That drive has led many firms to set up low-cost centres outside London, with Trowers & Hamlins, which has just launched a document production […]

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Pinsents reigns over Aim listings as Stephenson Harwood and DLA make gains

Pinsent Masons has continued to dominate legal advice to the Aim market, increasing its yield of clients from 53 to 57. The rise enabled Pinsents to pull further ahead of its closest rival Memery Crystal during the quarter ending 5 July 2014, upping its lead from 10 to 13 clients.  According to the latest data […]

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 10 August 2014

Attitudes towards equality have evolved considerably in the UK since the dark days of the early 1970s, when if you were of ethnic minority origin and/or a woman working in an office you could expect a daily barrage of jokes and lewd suggestions. Then came the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, which was followed a year […]


Funds – Social climbers

Entries for this year’s Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year saw innovative structures and many firsts for good causes Investment funds cover a multitude of areas, and the flexibility of the structures on offer these days means this is one practice area that really rewards innovation. That was the single uniting factor among the […]

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