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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 […]

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New government should act on bogus candidates, says lawyer

One of Labour’s first moves in power may be to change Britain’s electoral laws, according to solicitor Gerald Shamash, who acted for the party in getting a trio of bogus Labour candidates struck out before the elections. Shamash, of Steel & Shamash, who advises the party on electoral law, said Labour had been frustrated by […]

ADR on the increase

Almost 90 per cent of large US companies have used mediation to settle disputes in the past three years, according to a recent survey of more than half of America’s largest companies. The report also revealed that 79 per cent of companies used arbitration. However, while Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is on the increase, 50 […]

Fee group pushes for reviews

A newly-formed alliance of pressure groups set up to campaign against the recent hike in civil court fees, is seeking cases for judicial review to get the increases abolished. The initiative follows a successful judicial review last March which led to the reintroduction of exemption or remission of High Court and County court fees for […]

In brief: Cardiff neighbours combine resources

Welsh firms and next door neighbours in Cardiff, JA Hughes Walter & Hopkins and Rees Wood & Terry, have merged to form a 12-partner, 70-staff firm to be called JA Hughes with Rees Wood & Terry. It has two offices in Cardiff and three in Barry.

Electrician sues British Steel

A former electrician has been given the go-ahead to take his personal injury claim to the High Court. John Kirk, 64, claims his health was ruined after he was exposed to a “cocktail” of dust and fumes while working for British Steel at Appleby Plate Mills from 1958 to 1980. Mr Justice Potts has rejected […]

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