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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 […]


Two birds with one stone

Tulkinghorn is not usually one to pick up on subliminal messages – being deaf in one ear and blind as a bat doesn’t help – but Bird & Bird’s recent press release about its new employment partner certainly contained a few. Although the text is about employment partner Philip Hartman joining the firm’s Dutch office […]

The insolvency pill

With its Enterprise Bill, the Government has set out its intention to streamline the insolvency process and make it more inclusive. Simon Neilson-Clark details the proposed changes In the productivity and enterprise white paper ‘Insolvency – A Second Chance’, the Government outlined its proposals to modernise the UK’s insolvency regimes. Commentators have been at odds. […]

Two VLG partners jump ship for positions with 'more traditional' Wilson

West Coast technology firm Venture Law Group (VLG) has lost two of the four partners based in its Kirkland, Washington, office. Craig Sherman and Mark Handfelt have joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Their departures are the first partner defections from the firm since November 2000. While associate numbers have dropped by around 20 per […]

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