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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 […]



Fennemores chief sued for £2.4m by ex-partners

The former managing partner of dissolved Milton Keynes firm Fennemores is facing a £2.4m lawsuit brought by seven of his former partners. The seven, who are now working at three different local firms, claim that Martin Keeling “wrongfully removed a large quantity of client files from the offices of Fennemores” in breach of the demerger […]

Limited appeal

Setting up as a limited company is a viable alternative to LLP conversion in the post-Clementi legal landscape. Nick Carter-Pegg and Ben Potter report Since the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000 came into force on 6 April 2001, more and more firms have converted to limited-liability partnerships (LLPs) and this topic will undoubtedly have been […]

CC, Simmons banish PQE to stay within age rules

Clifford Chance and Simmons & Simmons have revamped their recruitment strategies after deeming the term ‘PQE’ to be in contravention of the new age discrimination laws that came into play yesterday (1 October). The measures being introduced by both firms follow the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, which prevent employers from using […]

Freshfields forms utilities niche with Anglian Water deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped its second major water deal in as many weeks, announcing today that it is acting for the Colonial First State-led consortium bid of £2.2bn for AWG, the owner of Anglian Water. The news comes in the wake of the discovery that the Magic Circle firm is also acting for Terra […]


Denton Wilde Sapte has hired planning and public law assistant Roy Pinnock from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. – Denton Wilde Sapte has hired planning and public law assistant Roy Pinnock from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. – Watson Burton has promoted six assistants to associate level. These are Claire Cutmore in construction; Stephen Duffy in family; Gearalt Fahy […]

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