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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 […]


Barrister duo appeal after wasted costs are ordered

‘Improper’ allegations about Big Break creator leave barristers facing payout; case to go to the Lords A leading silk and a junior counsel face a wasted costs order for making “improper” allegations of fraud against one of the creators of TV snooker gameshow Big Break.Bernard Weatherill QC, of Enterprise Chambers, and Josephine Hayes, of Gough […]

Cross-border Irish work recommences

Mason Hayes & Curran and Carson McDowell have won the first piece of cross-border work placed by the Northern Irish Assembly since the resumption of the peace process The firms’ cross-border alliance i-law has won the work from the Industrial Research and Technology Unit (IRTU) of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment, which is […]

MEPs ditch Euro IP court for national alternative

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are trying to water down a strongly centralised EU ‘community patent’ system that would grant jurisdiction over disputes to a new EU intellectual property court The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee is calling for national courts to be given the job.The move should dismay the European Commission, which has […]

NY Attorney returns to Debevoise

US Attorney Mary Jo White has left her position as the head of New York’s prosecution department to return to Debevoise & Plimpton White, who was a partner at Debevoise from 1983-1990, has been responsible for prosecuting some of the city’s most notorious cases. She joins the firm as chair of its 32-partner litigation department.During […]


Jones Day handles Aventis Animal sale to CVC Capital Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has advised long-term client Aventis on the disposal of Aventis Animal Nutrition opposite a combined effort by Sullivan & Cromwell and Clifford Chance for purchaser CVC Capital Partners. Aventis has sold off the business as part of its plans to pare […]

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