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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 […]


UK firms clean up

UK law firms are cleaning up in Europe and keeping the Americans at bay, a new report reveals. And City firms consistently hit the top of the charts in the ‘Financial lawyers on lawyers 1995′ report on clients’ favourite firms. Clifford Chance emerges as the dominant player world-wide, while Norton Rose provides the best level […]

Barristers briefed on police powers

POLICE powers to stop and search, due to come into force soon, will give officers the right to search all pedestrians and vehicles in a given area in a 24-hour period if there is a suspicion of serious violence at an event due to occur. Barristers at 2 Gray’s Inn Square, in a seminar given […]

National Audit Office criticises court clerks over legal aid means testing

COURT clerks are not doing enough to make legal aid applicants provide evidence of their earnings, according to the National Audit Office. More than one third of applicants failed to submit documentary evidence on their means despite new rules introduced last year. The Comptroller and Auditor General Sir John Bourn has refused to grant the […]

APIL tackles Woolf proposals

LORD Woolf will this week discuss his proposed shake-up of the civil justice system with officials from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Plans for a four-tier system, with cases streamed according to complexity and importance, are likely to form a key part of Woolf’s report to the Lord Chancellor. The review team also […]


Sturge Holdings, advised by Norton Rose, has introduced a new holding company Ockham Holdings, to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under S.425 of the Companies Act 1985. Financial adviser Samuel Montagu was advised by Herbert Smith.

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