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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 […]


Amendments to the electricity and gas limited merits review regime

The South Australian parliament has passed amendments to the National Electricity Law (NEL) and the National Gas Law (NGL) to give effect to the policy position of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) in relation to the limited merits review regime. While in the course of consulting with stakeholders the SCER explored radical reforms […]

The Wolseley

An old classic: The Wolseley

Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond falls in love with seamless service at The Wolseley Obviously, I am not going to keep mentioning the fact that I have got a problem with my back. You know, the disc problem I mentioned last week. Yes, the three bulging discs in my neck and the one prolapsed disc […]

Real estate lawyers get busy

Battersea is where it’s at. The Nine Elms redevelopment will house the US and Dutch embassies and a swathe of apartments and shops. As such, any real estate department worth its salt has pitched for the work. Find out which firm has got what on the South London property bonanza. Freshfields, Pinsents and Wragges among […]

Shoosmiths receives three AllAboutLaw awards for its training and holiday schemes

At the AllAboutLaw Top Law Firms for Training Contracts and Vacation Schemes Awards 2013–14, Shoosmiths came first in the ‘Best Vacation Scheme’, ‘Best Vacation Scheme — National Firm’ and ‘Best for Training — Vacation Scheme’ categories. It was also named runner-up in the ‘Top Law Firm’ category, as well as ‘Best in Career Progression — Vacation Scheme’; […]

ROCs or CfDs — the choice is not clear cut

With the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme of support for new schemes to be phased out by 31 March 2017 and the replacement Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme coming into effect next year, there will be a period of time in which developers will have a choice of which scheme to seek support under. As more […]

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