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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 […]


OC reshuffles management and Rendell gets London job

Osbourne Clarke has placed IT partner Simon Rendell in charge of its London office, after former head Tim Birt was elected senior partner. As part of the management reshuffle, Paul Gardner replaces Rendell as head of the firm’s commercial practice group. Gardner is a specialist in the video games and interactive entertainment industry. Simon Beswick, […]

DLA Piper to adopt standard reporting

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is set to roll out a standard approach to cross-border transactions across its global network, based on a system developed by the UK real estate team. DLA Piper’s Birmingham office has been the UK real estate practice’s hub for the British Relay programme for the past seven months. British Relay […]


Property star Julian Holy lost his appeal to the High Court last week (11 May) against the Law Society’s decision to strike him off the solicitors’ roll. Holy’s holey defence Property star Julian Holy lost his appeal to the High Court last week (11 May) against the Law Society’s decision to strike him off the […]

Too hot to handle

Lawyer luvvie Mark Stephens continued his good run of form last week with the release of his 158th book, International Libel and Privacy Handbook. But Stephens is not a man to be satisfied with just a book launch to keep up a high profile. On Monday 8 May the great man could be heard on […]

No grace from gnome

Tulkinghorn did the honourable thing and accompanied his jittery scribes through the looming arches of the Royal Courts of Justice to Court 61 after they found themselves in a spot of bother recently. The court is located on the tenth floor of the Thomas More building at the back of the court complex. After a […]

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