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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 […]


Independent inspectorate to monitor CPS

The new watchdog body will report directly to the attorney general Lord Williams of Mostyn, the minister responsible for the CPS. The current inspectorate is not independent, reporting to the director of public prosecutions David Calvert-Smith QC, who heads the CPS. A new chief inspector will be appointed with a broad remit – having the […]

CMS alliance finally fills CEO position

CMS, the European alliance launched by Cameron McKenna, has at last appointed a new CEO, almost a year after the post became vacant. The alliance has appointed non-lawyer Peter van Dalen who will step down as managing director of Camerons’ Dutch ally CMS Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau. The alliance lost CEO Peter Lonnquist in December […]

Simmons & Simmons launches internet service provider

Legal experts will host regular on-line discussions, legal developments in the UK and the EU will be summarised and legal/ commercial points, such as a checklist for employment contracts, will be highlighted

Bristol & west

This is the second large securitisation that Jonathan Walsh at Norton Rose has completed for Bristol & West, after winning the client in the summer through a relationship with parent company Bank of Ireland. Walsh led the team on a deal completed in June which saw the new client pull off a synthetic securitisation of […]


It was fascinating being in New York as the US election debacle became unfolded. One of the interesting elements was the way in which this election has prompted all sorts of questions about the need in the US constitution for an electoral college where each state sends its delegates to elect the president. As we […]

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