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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 […]


Associated News sues Law Soc over cover-up

Associated Newspapers is suing the Law Society over its refusal to disclose details of a secret hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). A reporter in the Manchester office of the Daily Mail had requested information about the hearing, but was denied. Nick Braithwaite, group legal adviser at Associated Newspapers, said: “They concluded they haven’t […]

HP counsel quits and pleads the fifth at hearing

Hewlett Packard’s (HP) general counsel Ann Baskins has quit the embattled technology company and will use the fifth amendment at a House Committee appearance today. HP made a statement earlier today (28 September) announcing Baskins’ resignation, just ahead of her appearance before the US House Energy & Commerce Committee today. HP senior executives, including Baskins, […]

German offices suffer in lawyer merry-go-round

Looking at the past few months, you may be forgiven for thinking that the trend in Germany at the moment is for mass walkouts. In Berlin Lovells lost its five-person banking team, when all of the lawyers involved decided to set up camp alone. Over in Frankfurt, meanwhile, Heussen had its office raided for eight […]

Harbottles to solve Maria’s problems

The TV talent show for the most coveted job in the West End – the role of Maria von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s upcoming production of The Sound of Music – was mirrored by the beauty parade to find a legal adviser for the lucky winner. The lucky firm turned out to be Harbottle […]

2 Temple Gardens boosts pupillage earnings to £47k

Commercial and civil set 2 Temple Gardens (2TG) has upped its pupillage award by £2,000 for the October 2008 intake, making it one of the highest paying chambers for new barristers. Pupils receive a grant of £36,000 and guaranteed earnings of £11,000. Charles Dougherty, member of the pupillage committee, said: “Although we guarantee £11,000, pupils […]

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