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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 Society goes online after DTI grant

The Law Society launched a new Internet Web site last week, following a £43,000 Department of Trade and Industry grant as part of an attempt to make the profession more accessible to the public.

In brief: Walker to take over from Harmer at Apil

Russell Jones Walker partner Ian Walker is due to take over as Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) president. He will take over from barrister Caroline Harmer, who is stepping down after two years, at Apil’s Spring conference at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on 7 May.

Litigation Recent Decisions 5/5/98

Decisions are taken from LAWTEL’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Claim for seamen’s wages (1) Rafael Luis Cil & ors (first to fifteenth plaintiffs) (2) Pedro Espinosa Hernandez & ors (sixteenth to thirty-third plaintiffs) (3) Guincho Crewing Agency (thirty-fourth plaintiff) v (1) The owners of the […]

Media regulators need enforcement teeth

Tim Hardy thinks that the current powers of television’s regulatory bodies do little to deter the often unscrupulous and inaccurate reportage that forms “public interest’ programming. Tim Hardy is a litigation partner at Cameron McKenna. Broadcast media is immensely powerful. A factual programme shown on prime-time television can attract up to 10 million viewers. Inaccuracies […]

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