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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 […]


Look before you leap

Deciding whether to use offshore trustees can be difficult, but having decided in their favour many other questions then present themselves. For example, there is no shortage of possible jurisdictions or service providers – but which should you use? In choosing a jurisdiction the following are perhaps the principal considerations. Taxation – the jurisdiction must […]

In brief: Use your telephone vote

VOTES are already flooding in by post for the prestigious The Lawyer/HIFAL Personality of the Year Award. Now The Lawyer has set up a 24-hour telephone voting hotline. Last year the former Law Society president Martin Mears was the profession’s choice. This year the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, Cherie Booth QC, Law Society president […]

Charity's commercial edge

The perception that trusts are relevant only to private client practitioners is outdated and fails to take account of the role of trusts in areas such as off-balance-sheet financing, securitisations and many other commercial arrangements. This article seeks to highlight some of the most common commercial uses of charitable trusts, and discuss the issues involved. […]

DAC calls in Mathieson to spearhead media side

A leading defamation specialist, Keith Mathieson, has left Oswald Hickson Collier to build up the media practice at Davies Arnold Cooper. He joins the commercial litigation department as a partner and has brought his assistant solicitor Kirsty Watt with him. Mathieson advises mainly on libel, copyright, passing off, confidentiality and contempt of court. He is […]

Partners get fees ultimatum

Two partners at an Uxbridge practice have been given a six-month ultimatum to pay £14,000 in barristers fees. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard last week how Tony Foss and Clinton Worsfold, of Garner Foss & Worsfold, owed fees stretching back 10 years. Gerald Lynch, representing the Law Society, told the tribunal that the debt at […]

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