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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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Bringing Russia to judgment

Russia must be brought back to court to account for gross human rights violations in Chechnya At a Council of Europe conference held in Brighton in April the 47 member states rightly identified the effective national implementation of human rights standards as their paramount goal. This appears to be a big challenge for a number of […]

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Tulkinghorn: ‘A’ for corp, ‘F’ for corpses

White & Case might be one of the world’s largest law firms, adept in project finance, litigation and M&A, but it wouldn’t recognise a good old-fashioned murder if it landed in its lap. That was the conclusion Tulkinghorn reached recently after a bunch of lawyers from the firm’s litigation group dressed up in period costume, […]

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Scalpels at the ready for Dewey’s London staff

After seeing the firm that employed them go up in smoke, Dewey & LeBoeuf staff will be pleased to be given the opportunity to put their former bosses under the spotlight. Dewey’s UK staff have joined the list of potential creditors invited to grill the firm and its representatives at a meeting next week, with […]

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Celerant legal chief: No leaf unturned

Based in green-belt Richmond, Celerant legal chief Darryl Coulter has challenged the company’s culture to create a legal function capable of tackling international issues Richmond, a largely sleepy town on the river in South West London, is perhaps not the most obvious location for a management consultancy that advises the likes of Nasa and the […]

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Scotland to compete with Northern Ireland as low-cost law centre

The Scottish government’s economic development wing is courting London-based managing partners in a bid to emulate Northern Ireland’s success in enticing top firms to open low-cost bases in the country. Scottish Development International (SDI), which is the international economic development arm of the country’s government, has been visiting managing partners at top 50 firms to […]

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