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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 […]


Group of breakaway Hengeler lawyers launch corporate boutique

A group of senior associates from Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller have left the firm to launch their own corporate boutique. Five senior associates – Philipp von Bismarck, Matthias Budde, Frank Fischer, Lars Ferenc Freytag and Karl Thomas Koenen – have left Hengeler to found Wendelstein Rechtsanwälte. The five associates are joined […]

David Childs

Clifford Chance launches in Australia via double merger

Clifford Chance has become the latest firm to launch in Australia after the partnership voted through a dual merger with boutique firms in Sydney and Perth. The double tie-up will see the magic circle firm join forces with Chang Pistilli & Simmons (CP&S) in Sydney and Cochrane Lishman Carson Luscombe (CLCL) in Perth, creating a […]

Judge Birss

Saga continues after porn pirates firm folds

The firm pursuing ­thousands of individuals for ­illegally downloading adult films has gone out of business, despite the case still being ongoing. ACS:Law, which hit the headlines in September 2010 when details of those it was pursuing appeared on a website (The Lawyer, 28 September 2010), closed on 31 ­January. But on 8 February Judge Birss QC in […]


Rivals court Credit Suisse as bank pursues Links in prof neg case

A number of City firms are muscling in on Linklaters’ relationship with Credit Suisse after the investment bank launched legal action against the firm. Credit Suisse is preparing a professional negligence claim for e136m (£115.2m) over Linklaters’ advice to Credit Suisse in 2001 on a e500m structured finance deal with Parmalat (The, 11 February). […]

Spencer Summerfield

Travers’ US securities hire throws spotlight on client’s one-stop needs

With the focus on cost, single- jurisdiction firms are losing out. By Gavriel Hollander When Travers Smith shut its ­relatively short-lived German ­operation in 2007 to concentrate on building its best friends ­network, it seemed like a return to the firm’s tried and tested ­domestic-focused model. So dipping its toe into the US securities space for the first time […]

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