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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 […]


Don’t shoot if it’s cute

South African lawyers beware. DLA Piper competition partner Mike Pullen is coming – and he’s bringing a rifle. While supping a red wine in Belgravia recently, Pullen, whom Tulkinghorn imagines was reclining in a leather chair in safari suit and under a giant wall-mounted rare moose head, let slip to one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes that […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email All pleasant and correctedWeb week has an apology to make. Susie Law School wrote in: “I nearly fell off […]

We’re really really sorry

Tulkinghorn doesn’t often have blonde moments. It’s difficult when you’re on the wrong side of the middle-age spread and any hair, grey or otherwise, is disappearing as fast as your memory. Having just got to grips with all this newfangled law blogging, or blawging, or whatever the kids are calling it these days, Tulkinghorn was […]

Cash for honours media row rumbles on as BBC vows to keep up legal fight

The Attorney General Lord Goldsmith kick-started a clash of the legal titans after he tried to gag the media from reporting a fresh angle on the cash for honours scandal – and the saga continues. Philip Havers QC of One Crown Office Row, acting for Goldsmith, went head-to-head with The Guardian’s silk Andrew Nicol QC […]

McGrigors rocked by loss of QC and partner

McGrigors’ London office has suffered a dual blow, with one banking and finance partner quitting and barrister Jonathan Fisher QC returning to chambers after just six months at the firm. SJ Berwin has hired banking and finance partner Stuart Brinkworth, who starts with the firm on 19 March. In July last year The Lawyer revealed […]

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