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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 […]

Leading and adapting in challenging times: managing a newly remote team

The dynamics of a previously high performing team will shift in response to the recent working from home directive. As leaders we need to understand the factors that will impact even the most resilient and high performing colleagues. It’s likely that high-performing employees may experience varying levels of performance and engagement when they begin working […]

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Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has swooped for Lovells Tokyo managing partner Tim Lester. Lester, who heads Lovells’ Asian capital markets team, will be joining AAR as a partner in its corporate and finance practice and will be based in Perth, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (12 June). Lester’s departure from Lovells is an […]

Deborah Prince: Which?

With its ever-expanding remit, Which? legal chief Deborah Prince is looking for a team to keep up with the needs of the charity. By Jon Parker. Fifty years have passed since the UK charity the Consumers’ Association, now known as Which?, was born out of a Bethnal Green garage in a bid to fight shoddy […]

Maples and Calder boosts associate numbers

Offshore firm Maples and Calder has promoted finance and capital markets associate Stacey Overholt to the partnership. At the same time, the firm has further bolstered its London office with the hire of six associates. They are: Oliver Goodwin joins from Ogier; Jack Mariott joins from Nabarro; Jessica Stock and Sarah MacLachlan both join from […]

Wallace nets enic’s acquisition of Spurs

Wallace has acted for Enic International on its purchase of Sir Alan Sugar’s remaining shares in football club Tottenham Hotspur. Enic, owned by the family trust of international investor Joseph Lewis and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, instructed a team led by Wallace managing partner Rex Newman on the £25m purchase from Amshold, owned by Sugar […]

Clementi begins to take effect

Four years ago, when to most people the name Clementi still meant the man from the Pru, Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) snapped up the brand name, call centre technology, website and telephone numbers of the claims manager then dubbed ‘Shames Direct’. It’s a very different legal market now from the one in which RJW […]

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