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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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DLA’s merger prospect in talks with fellow US firm

Piper Rudnick is moving to bolster its presence on the US West Coast as it moves towards finalising merger talks with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Gray Cary, best known for its Californian IT and media practices, represents an attractive proposition for Piper Rudnick, whose West Coast operations are currently limited to bases in Los […]

Ashurst lands Terra Firma after Linklaters conflicted

Ashurst has secured its first instruction from Terra Firma thanks to a conflict at Linklaters, advising the private equity house on the separate auctions of the UCI and Odeon cinema chains. Linklaters advised on the establishment of the Terra Firma fund, although subsequently Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have won the […]

West is (almost) best

Tulkinghorn would like to refute allegations that The Lawyer will automatically promote London over the regions. In last week’s issue, the results of the inaugural The Lawyer Formula Law go-karting extravaganza were published, but somehow West Country firm Kitson & Trotman was squeezed out from its proper fourth-placed finish. Tulkinghorn apologises profusely for this oversight. […]

Clarke Willmott expands Southampton, Bristol

Clarke Willmott has boosted its planning and housebuilders practice with two new partners. The firm has recruited the former head of legal at Test Valley Borough Council Mick Mundy as a partner in its Southampton office, while Lorraine Edwards joins the Bristol housebuilders team from Davies and Partners. Last month the firm bagged its first […]

Australian indigenous services come up for tender

Government-funded legal services provided to Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders in Australia are to be opened up to private law firms for the first time when an official tender process begins in November. The Australian Federal Government has revealed plans to replace the existing indigenous legal aid body, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), […]

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