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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 […]


Case of the Week

Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, who famously referred to ramblers who wanted to cross his land as ‘riff raff’, ‘the great unwashed’ and the ‘scum of the earth’, was found to have illegally blocked a 100-year-old footpath with a barbed wire fence, a locked gate, refrigeration units and a barn. Undeterred by The Ramblers’ Association’s court victory, […]

Gibson Dunn lures top partner from Nabarros

THE London office of top West Coast firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is to offer an English law capability for the first time by appointing a Nabarro Nathanson property partner. Alan Samson is qualified in both UK and US law and specialises in property finance. He is expected to join Gibson Dunn in the spring. […]

Should police chiefs be liable for sexism?

The Lords will rule on whether a commissioner should carry the can for the actions of high-ranking officers. By Roger Pearson. Allegations of sex discrimination in the Metropolitan Police are to come under legal scrutiny in the House of Lords. The probe is scheduled in a battle by former policewoman Eileen Waters to prove that […]

Montblanc case not unique

In your article “Trademark regulations strengthened” (The Lawyer, 10 January) Dawn Osborne is quoted as suggesting that new law was being made in the Montblanc case (“In other major passing off cases the products have all been on the market…But in this one we got an interim injunction before it ever got on to the […]

East Midlands solicitors appoint in-house barrister

Gordon has been a barrister for ten years specialising in personal injury and medico-legal work. Gordon, who plans to qualify as a solicitor, says he has moved because the exciting and interesting work is increasingly carried out by solicitors and he feels the skills he uses at the bar can best be used as part […]

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