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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 […]


Ashurst partner set for Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has set up a UK employment practice, scooping Ashurst employment partner James Cox for its London office. Cox specialises in the employment side of M&A deals, industrial disputes, corporate governance matters and employment issues facing private equity companies. Gibson Dunn managing partner Ken Doran said: “His addition allows us to offer […]

Follow that client

Scottish corporate lawyers are losing ground to London and the South East as clients increasingly head south of the border. By Matt Byrne Maclay Murray & Spens‘ loss of private equity star Graeme Sloan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year was a major blow to the former’s private equity ambitions, particularly in the crucial […]

Fisher Jones Greenwood creates scheme to help vulnerable children

Colchester law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood has established a pilot charity legal service for young people in Essex, with assistance from the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The scheme, called Lawyers for Young People, aims to assist young people in the Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon area who are either in, or formerly in, the care system, […]

Hunton high and low

Lawyers are not normally connected with industrial espionage, but the legal bods at Hunton & Williams haven’t let that stop them. Housed on floor 18 of the Gherkin, Hunton lawyers must normally descend to the first floor to catch a lift to the restaurant. However, many of them have been taking a detour via the […]

Law Soc changes let Willoughby become Rouse again

IP protection firm Willoughby & Partners has changed its name to Rouse Legal, after the Law Society lifted restrictions on the use of the firm’s name. Managing partner Tony Willoughby said: “The object of the name change is to underline the very close connection that exists between the UK legal practice and the global intellectual […]

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