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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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Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has appointed Andrew Wilkinson as its new managing partner following the departure of Paul Griffin to Herbert Smith. Wilkinson is one of the world’s leading bankruptcy lawyers and is one of the top fee generators at the firm. He says he is now looking to recruit across all areas. ## Davenport […]

4-5 Gray’s Inn calls off merger with Monckton

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has broken off merger talks with Monckton Chambers. 4-5 Gray’s Inn confirms the negotiation breakdown. But when first contacted, Monckton’s chambers director Alexandrino le Clezio, who was due to become the chief executive of the merged chambers, said that talks were ongoing and that both sets were still “actively looking for […]

Arnold & Porter in LA swoops for IT and showbiz niche firm

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is dramatically increasing its Los Angeles practice by taking over a niche IT and entertainment firm. It is acquiring Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt in a move which adds 12 lawyers and expands its intellectual property and technology practice to 60 lawyers worldwide. Eight of the lawyers join Arnold […]

Property

Clifford Chance represented Burford Holdings on the second and third lettings of Mayfair Place redevelopment. A 20-year FRI lease for 11,000sq ft has been signed with Brixton Estate at a rent of £650,000 per annum. 44,000sq ft have been let to commodity trader Glencore UK, which signed a 20-year FRI lease at an annual rent […]

Steven Fogel

After six years as alliance partners, Titmuss Sainer and Dechert Price & Rhoads have merged. Dearbail Jordan talks to senior partner Steven Fogel about how he will cross that great UK/US divide At first glance, Titmuss Sainer Dechert‘s senior partner Steven Fogel appears to be the antithesis of the stereotypical lawyer. As opposed to having […]

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