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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 […]


Stewarts Law lawyer strike-off ruling heads back to SDT

It is almost a year since former Stewarts Law partner Andrew Shaw and associate Craig Turnbull were struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal following a private prosecution. Because the pair appealed the ruling details around the case were sketchy, with the SDT judgment kept under wraps pending the outcome of the appeal. On Monday […]


Nabarro adds partner to Singapore office

Nabarro has added a Hogan Lovells senior associate and former GDF Suez energy counsel, Adrian Wong, as a partner in its Singapore office as it continues expanding in the region. The firm moved to a new office in Singapore in November 2013 after first setting up there in 2010 (20 September 2010) in what was […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 12th January 2014

Salaried partnership is one of the opaque mysteries of the legal profession. Falling in a grey area between having a slice of a firm’s equity and being the tea boy, the title means different things to different firms and almost nothing to clients. Now Britain’s taxman has twigged to the anomaly, realising that – if […]

SRA names 136 uninsured firms undergoing forced closure

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has taken the unusual action of publishing the names of 136 firms that are being forced to close as a result of failing to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII). The regulator said most of the firms involved have co-operated with the forced wind-down process the SRA imposes when insurance is […]

Law firm office take-up in Central London more than 60% higher than in 2012

Take-up by legal firms in Central London has jumped to 621, 800 sq ft for the first three quarters of 2013, compared to less than half that amount at the end of the third quarter in 2012, just 239,200 sq ft. The dramatic rise was supported by four leasing deals of over 50,000 sq ft, […]

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