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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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Glas Cymru

In the first bid of its kind, Clifford Chance partners Steve Curtis and Alan Inglis are advising Citibank and RBS on the financing of Glas Cymru’s £1.8bn offer for Welsh Water. The bid is being financed wholly by bond debt, with only a nominal amount of equity. Regulated utility providers in the UK have struggled […]

Opinion

Almost all of the property world is in turmoil. The only real exception is the old guard at the top. Evolution and revolution are changing the structure of the property market, the nature of property assets, the way that property is financed and the people who both invest and advise. Yet, for some reason, the […]

The Anorak

Amsterdam and London recently played host to two very different conferences on new media technology. In the terribly hip and happening city of London, the big players met to discuss the future media, business and legal problems streaming media presents. And in Amsterdam, a bunch of artists, activists and anarchists hung around the trendier bars […]

Savage's pressure group to attack UK law degrees

Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is assembling a group of law firms and LPC providers in an all-out assault on undergraduate legal education. The group is planning to put pressure on the regulators – the Law Society and the Bar Council – to bring about changes in law degrees. Savage says: […]

London Borough

London Borough of Haringey closes £250m eight school private finance initiative (PFI) project. Haringey advised by Eversheds (Mike Mousdale). Main contractor Jarvis advised by Berwin Leighton (Richard Lucas) and senior debt providers Barclays Bank advised by Linklaters (Gideon Moore, Bruce White).

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