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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 […]


Joint adventure

O’Donnell Sweeney’s tie-up with Eversheds International has opened up a wealth of opportunities. Francis Hackett reports The O’Donnell Sweeney (ODS) linkup with Eversheds International (EI) announced late last year was a significant development in the Irish legal market. The development is a good fit. ODS is a major player in the Irish market with a […]

Fennemores exits cause firm’s collapse

Fennemores is set to dissolve this autumn after three partners and a large team of lawyers announced that they were joining rival Milton Keynes firm Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors. The embattled £11m-turnover firm has been hit by a series of departures during the past months, beginning with the resignation of three partners in November 2005 to […]

Linklaters private equity duo quit for Kirkland

Linklaters global head of private equity Graham White has resigned from the firm along with partner Raymond McKeeve to join the London office of Chicago giant Kirkland & Ellis. The move will bring to an end months of market speculation surrounding White and McKeeve. The pair have been at Linklaters since 2001, when they moved […]

MBR&M raids US rival for Brussels expansion

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has raided the Brussels office of US firm Keller and Heckman for a three-person team and halved the size of the Washington DC firm in Belgium. EU regulatory specialist Jean-Philippe Montfort joined MBR&M on 8 March. Associates Anna Gergely and Sébastien Louvion are set to follow in the next […]

DLA Piper to build on legacy left by deceased Japan chief

DLA Piper to build on legacy left by deceased Japan chief” />DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary was mourning the tragic death of its Tokyo managing partner Douglas Miller last week, but vowed to build on the foundations that Miller laid in the Japanese capital. Miller, 46, launched DLA Piper’s Japanese operation just six months ago […]

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