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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 […]

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Reed Smith installs City head as part of firmwide management shake-up

Reed Smith has named Richard Swinburn as London managing partner as part of a wave of management changes across the firm’s global practice. Swinburn, who headed the City arm between 2007 and 2009, has agreed to take on the role again, with current managing partner Roger Parker taking responsibility for the firm’s Asia offices. Although […]

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Essex Court barrister seals victory for JPMorgan in mistaken salary claim

Essex Court Chambers’ Charles Ciumei has scored a High Court victory for JPMorgan & Chase after the bank escaped being forced to pay £580,000 to a trader after it inflated his salary by missing a decimal point in his contract. Ciumei was instructed by Allen & Overy partner Stefan Martin to defend the claim, which […]

Switzerland’s Lachenal and Meyerlustenberger seal merger

Swiss firms Lachenal & LeFort and Meyerlustenberger have merged to create an 85-lawyer outfit with offices across the country. The merger comes less than two years after Lachenal’s creation. The firm was formed after partners from the Geneva office of Pestalozzi broke away due to differences of opinion over strategy and the future collaboration between […]

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Doughty Street silk to defend Peter Hain against ‘arcane’ contempt claim

Doughty Street Chambers silk Gavin Millar QC is to defend Labour MP Peter Hain against contempt of court claims after the former Cabinet minister criticised a judge in his memoirs. The Attorney General of Northern Ireland (AGNI) John Larkin has been granted leave to prosecute Hain and publisher Biteback over a passage in his book […]

Morgan Lewis leads as Deutsche Boerse appeals EC merger decision

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is leading Deutsche Boerse’s appeal into the European Commission’s (EC) decision to block its proposed merger with NYSE Euronext. Frankfurt head Christian Zschocke, a specialist in public takeovers and European and German antitrust law, is heading the Morgan Lewis team. The EC’s in-house legal team will handle the matter, while NYSE […]

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