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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 […]


UK securitisation under threat

Government insolvency proposals could wreak havoc on deal structuring The Government has announced proposals to make changes to the Insolvency Act (1986) which could potentially threaten the UK domestic securitisation practice.At the launch of the Government’s Enterprise For All initiative, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced plans to abolish administrative receivership and Crown preference – the right […]

Gibson Dunn swoops for Sidley corporate partner

The London office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is taking on one of the founders of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s UK practice. Mark Pinder is joining the Los Angeles firm after four years at Sidley, where he was head of corporate for London. He moved there from Travers Smith Braithwaite, where he had been […]

Thomas Eggar raids Downs after merger talks collapse

South East-based firm Thomas Eggar Church Adams has lured four from Surrey-based Downs, following failed merger talks. Chris Elias, David Freeman, Iain MacLeod and Rosanne Baker joined the five-office firm, having met through the negotiations.Elias and Freeman specialise in private client and property work for overseas clients and will be based in London. The other […]

Lawyers are mad on 'er

Madonna’s latest, and possibly last ever (one can hope), UK tour is certainly the hottest ticket in town. But guess which law firm is treating its clients to see the queen of pop. No, not one of the trendy media outfits like Olswang or Harbottle & Lewis. It’s Slaughter and May.Tulkinghorn had no idea of […]

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