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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 […]


Freshfields counts cost of commercial conflicts as German talent walks

Rated Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer telecoms partner Raimund Schutz has blamed his departure on the effect that conflict issues and high leverage ratios have on his ability to serve his clients. Schutz, who has quit for 10-partner German independent Loschelder, told The Lawyer: “I’m not speaking of legal conflicts, it’s a commercial thing. Clients don’t like […]

Pen pushers

Is Eversheds branching out into new and interesting areas of law? Just last week Tulkinghorn was at his local Tesco to stock up on his port and stilton supplies. After handing over his Coutts platinum card, he was given the receipt to sign with none other than a fancy orange Eversheds pen. Has the firm […]

Football fever

Who would be Nigel Knowles? DLA’s emperor was on a break from all the Piper Rudnick and Germany hoopla last month when he found himself embroiled in the biggest party Greece has seen since the Zorba the Greek Oscar celebration. The Greek Eleven, having just returned from their footballing triumph at Euro 2004, decamped at […]

Willoughby’s future is bright with Orange

IP boutique Willoughby & Partners last week found itself at the centre of the Orange-EasyGroup spat over the use of the colour orange in EasyMobile’s trademark. Willoughby partner Shireen Peermohamed advised Orange when it wrote to EasyGroup stating that it held the trademark for the colour orange relating to mobile phones. Willoughby alumni Sulina Connal […]

Lovells triumphs on nine-year pro bono case

Lovells has won a criminal injuries claim for a pro bono client nine years after the client’s husband was killed by their mentally incapacitated son. The client, who has pursued a claim for criminal injuries compensation since 1995, was originally denied an award. Lovells lawyer David Vince and trainee David Hartley assisted an oral hearing […]

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