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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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Cloisters snares No 5 PI specialist

Cloisters Chambers has hired personal injury (PI) specialist Martyn McLeish from Birmingham giant No 5 Chambers. McLeish joined Cloisters last week from No 5’s London annexe and will help to boost the set’s flourishing PI team. His hire is part of a planned expansion process at Cloisters, with other tenants in areas such as employment […]

Porsche turns to Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has won Porsche Cars GB as a client, advising the company on all its European events. The instruction is the first major appointment for the firm’s new travel unit, established to advise on travel and tourism law. Part of the firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence group, the unit is seeking to […]

Weil wins battle for war crime witnesses’ anonymity

New York-based firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has submitted a successful amicus curiae brief defending the safety of war crime witnesses and their families. Drafted on behalf of pro bono client Human Rights Watch, the brief sought to protect the right of a human rights observer not to reveal their sources for fear of reprisals […]

Dundas gains new property finance chief

Dundas & Wilson has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) partner Kenneth Maxwell to lead its property finance team. Maxwell will join Dundas’s London office after five years as a partner at FFW. He will focus on the mid to high-value property market and will be charged with growing the firm’s real estate finance practice. In […]

Stock blot

Stock options are turning out to be the new area of corporate controversy in the US, with manipulation verging on the illegal becoming rife. Michael Feldberg reports When a Texas jury convicted Enron’s top executives Ken Lay and Ray Skilling on 25 May, it seemed a fitting end to an era of corporate corruption that […]

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