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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 […]


Eversheds sets sights on Italy

Eversheds is setting up an Italian office as part of its strategy to establish itself as a major City player, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm’s plans to open in Italy come just two months after it announced its intention to merge with a Dusseldorf practice within six months. Eversheds’ move is part of a […]

Change of climate

Rumours that the Bar is in crisis are spreading like wildfire. Matheu Swallow looks beyond the gloomy forecasts. By Matheu Swallow Crisis, what crisis? That, at least, is the public response of many barristers practising at the commercial bar. However, statistics from the Commercial Court, gloomy prophecies from the solicitor’s side of the profession and […]

Sherwins recruits ex-Barclays man

Commercial practice Sherwin Oliver is making a bid to strengthen its corporate credentials in the South by appointing a former banking director with Barclays as its new chairman and chief executive. Adrian Davis will join the Portsmouth-based firm in September. His duties will include strategic planning, marketing, and firm development. Sherwins managing partner Nigel Steward […]

Litigation Personal injury 24/5/99

Samantha Raven (widow and administrator of the estate of Tony Mark Raven) v Dr Patel, Dr Rao, Queen Mary’s Sidcup Trust (1999) QDB (Buckley J) 10 May 99 Plaintiff: Female, 27 years old at date of accident; 31 years old at date of settlement. The plaintiff was the widow of the deceased (‘D’), who had […]

Scuffle of the week

Home Secretary Jack Straw is getting flack from virtually everyone over his plan to axe the right of defendants whose case could be heard in either the magistrates’ or Crown Court to choose a jury trial. Straw has done a U-turn since his days in opposition when he said that such a reform would be […]

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