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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 […]


Law Soc compares professions

THE LAW Society is planning to embark on an in-depth study of the way complaints are handled by different professions. The initiative has been prompted by more general research which reveals that solicitors and barristers are facing the same problems as accountants, dentists, architects and engineers. Secretary-General of the Law Society John Hayes says: “One […]

Church wedding for Freedmans

LONDON niche construction law firms Freedmans and Church & Church have merged, creating a 20-lawyer specialist practice with a focus on UK and international projects work. The new 11-partner practice is now called Freedman Church. The merger, effective from this month, also coincides with the transfer of Michael Crooke, a senior energy project lawyer from […]

Video squeeze

A video-conferencing system has been launched by US company Compression Labs Inc for use in classrooms and auditoriums for large group viewing.The company expects to have 200 sites worldwide by the beginning of 1995.

Women try to get clerks 'on their side'

FREEMASONRY among clerks is one controversial issue likely to be aired at a talk for women barristers this week. ‘Getting your clerk on your side’ is the first of two seminars on how to succeed at the Bar organised by the Association of Women Barristers. All three speakers at the seminar are women practice managers […]

TSB appoint head of tax.

CITY practice Travers Smith Braithwaite has appointed the head of its tax department Alasdair Douglas as managing partner. Douglas took over from Robert Harman on 1 January. He will retain his title as head of tax in addition to his managerial duties. Harman, now heading the property department, was one of the City’s longest-serving managing […]

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