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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 […]


Litigation Personal Injury 04/02/97

Hensman v Goodsall – QBD 21 January 1997 Claimant: Michael Stuart Hensman, 2Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant involved in accident with defendant’s car while riding his motorcycle. Suffered fractured pelvis and severe leg injuries necessitating amputation of right leg below knee. He was 22 at the time of the accident and worked as a […]

In brief: PFI specialist moves to Bevan Ashford

Leading public sector private finance initiative (PFI) expert Chris Jarman (pictured right) has given up his partnership with Sharpe Pritchard in London to join Bristol-based Bevan Ashford as an associate. He said family reasons were the overriding factor behind the “wrenching move”. Jarman added that leaving the firm, which he joined as an articled clerk […]

Improving mortgage business

Firms who offer mortgage health checks will not only generate more conveyancing work but also provide a cashback or substantial saving to clients’ mortgage payments. Many firms are looking at the idea and some have put it into practice. Others, not authorised to transact discreet investment business, may also have been approached by independent financial […]

It is not a question of money

The Criminal legal aid system in the UK is the envy of the world. It guarantees to all accused who are alleged to have committed the most serious and appalling crimes, the services of the “stars” – the best criminal QCs. No other system in the world provides such high-quality representation free of charge. It […]

Alison Laferla reports from The Lawyer's Ninth Annual Conference on Information Systems

Lawyers should seize the opportunity to provide legal information on the World Wide Web or they will lose out to the competition, legal IT expert Richard Susskind has warned. Susskind, a special adviser to Masons and author of the Future of Law, was speaking at The Lawyer’s ninth annual conference on information systems for the […]

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