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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 […]


LPC wins law school backing

NOTTINGHAM Law School has followed the College of Law in giving a thumbs up to the new Legal Practice Course. A survey carried out by the school among 2,633 trainees and solicitor supervisors from the top 100 firms, revealed over 75 per cent of supervisors were satisfied with the levels of knowledge shown by trainees […]

An extended burden of liability

The duties of professional advisers whose clients have controlling interests in family companies can be extremely onerous when the clients want to make gifts inter vivos of part of the holding with the rest being given on death. There are many traps for the unwary solicitor, barrister or accountant caused by the unforeseen consequences of […]

Advocates with know-how

Practitioners have singled out other barristers outside the recognised professional negligence sets but who are flavour of the month. Ben Patten, at John Samuels QC’s set at 22 Old Buildings, Temple, is “quick and good on detail”, and Teresa Rosen Peacocke at Benjamin Levy’s set at Enterprise Chambers is “good on detail. A real terrier […]

Negligence specialists by close association

The mushrooming of professional negligence work has been reflected in the growth of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. With fewer than 30 members when it started in October 1990, it now has more than 550. Coincidentally, the secretary Andrew Goodman and chair Robin de Wilde QC of the association are both in the same set […]

A negligence house of cards

There may be no formalised professional negligence Bar, but our soundings of the sector have uncovered names to watch The term ‘professional negligence’ might seem a contradiction in terms. But oxymoron or not, it has been an extremely lucrative area of practice for lawyers. Unfortunately, there is also a down side. Solicitors (and occasionally barristers) […]

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