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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 […]


The Lawyer Inquiry: Andrew Paton

Andrew Paton was born in Birmingham on 15 March 1957. He is the head of the insurance litigation team at Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham. What was your first job? Cleaning a metal-rolling factory during the summer shutdown. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £2,500 as an articled clerk with Cripps Harries Hall, […]

In brief: Bridgewater Appeal may take a month

The weight of evidence could stretch the Carl Bridgewater appeal hearing, due to begin at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, to four weeks. The court will hear 60 grounds of appeal for James Robinson alone, said his solicitor, Jim Nichol, of Taylor Nichol. The key defence evidence is the forged confession that induced Patrick […]

NHS power group puts Bevans in charge

Bristol-based law firm Bevan Ashford is to co-manage a unique project under which a consortium of NHS Trusts aims to sell surplus electricity to the National Grid. A total of 11 trusts have already signed up to a feasibility study which is due to recommend this week which of the trusts should go ahead with […]

Fee defaults hit record level

The Bar Council has received a record number of complaints from barristers whose fees have not been paid by solicitors. In February, there were 82 complaints – the highest ever for that time period and one of the highest monthly figures since records began more than 10 years ago. Bar Council officials are at a […]

Help, when duty calls

Some duty solicitors face two related problems. First, those of us who have been targeted by a local duty solicitor committee know what a lonely and harrowing experience it can be, as there is nowhere to turn for help. Is it not time for the formation of a duty solicitor defence organisation? Second, there is […]

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