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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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Clifford Chance: We’re going to set targets to be more inclusive

Senior management at Clifford Chance will have to set out their diversity and inclusion targets to the firm, as it continues its push to reduce its gender pay gap. Members of the firm’s executive leadership group, including managing partner Matthew Layton and new senior partner Jeroen Ouwehand, are among those who have committed to publicly […]

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Ashurst continues support service squeeze with further job cuts

Ashurst has continued to slim down its support function, cutting more back office roles following a redundancy consultation last year which saw 54 secretarial roles axed. It is understood that five to ten London-based back office finance staff have been affected. Their roles are to be undertaken by a secretarial pool in London (what the […]

Proskauer City partner joins flood of global exits to Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis has taken on a funds partner from Proskauer Rose’s London office, a day after securing a 20-strong team hire from its rival’s Los Angeles operations. Andrew Shore, who is making the move to the Gherkin, has been a partner in Proskauer’s fund team since 2017 when he was promoted. News of the […]

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