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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 […]


NE merry-go-round as Read Hind partner quits

Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart has lost one of its most senior partners Andrew Laycock to Leeds and Hull firm Garwood Devine. He will be replaced by Halliwell Landau Manchester insolvency partner Oliver Nelson.Laycock was a partner at Read Hind for about a decade. At the time he left he was one of the three […]

Hammonds lures Eversheds partner

Hammond Suddards Edge’s Birmingham office is poaching a high-profile senior employment partner from rival firm Eversheds. David Beswick will run the employment department in Hammonds’ Birmingham office, where there are currently two partners.A third partner, Julia Edwards, is on gardening leave; she plans to join Eversheds’ Birmingham office in the autumn.Beswick, who has been at […]

Camerons turns tables for estate agent move

CMS Cameron McKenna turned from client to adviser to help its estate agent move.The law firm’s property team advised CB Hillier Parker on its move from London’s West End to Paternoster Square, near St Paul’s Cathedral. It is one of the first relocations away from the West End for a major property company.In 2003, staff […]

Examining your doings

Tulkinghorn is bemused by the professions from which people come into the law and by those who leave it to do something totally different. Take Polly Browne, formerly a partner at Gordons Cranswick, who has stumbled on a rather unusual gap in the market – selling charitable Christmas cards to businesses. One wonders how on […]

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