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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 […]


Links matches Freshfields – again

Forget the Goldman Sachs bonuses. Perhaps the biggest sign that the City is weathering the financial storm is today’s news that Linklaters is retaining almost 80 per cent of its trainees (see story). Granted, this pales in comparison with Slaughter and May’s extraordinary rate of 94 per cent, but then Slaughters is about as recession-proof […]

Eversheds plans its first secondment to Indian ally

Eversheds is planning to send its first-ever secondee to an Indian law firm, with an assistant preparing to go to Khaitan & Co later this year. Four year-qualified ­associate Sandip Khroud will relocate to Khaitan in ­September for an expected three-month secondment. He will split his time between Mumbai and New Delhi. The move is designed […]


Lawyers predict changes to privacy pay-outs after News of the World scandal

Lawyers are gearing up for potential changes to invasion of privacy compensation in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal. Discussions on compensation have come after The Guardian reported that Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, was paid £700,000 in a settlement after his phone was tapped. The sum is […]

Postcard from… Casablanca

For thousands of people around the world, Casablanca is more a movie than a town. When the low-cost 1942 production was given almost by chance the euphonic name of a North African city, probably no one at Warner Bros imagined that both the film and the city were going to walk into legend. It was […]

Take a Chance

We keep trying not to write too much about Linklaters, honest. But the magic circle firm just keeps turning up the heat on its rivals. Its hire of Clifford Chance partner Kolja von Bismarckis its most significant move in Germany since it poached Freshfields stars Ralph Wollburg and Achim Kirchfeld to open in Dusseldorf (see […]

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