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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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Partner exodus continues at Linklaters’ Aussie ally

Two more partners have left Linklaters’ Australian ally Allens to join rival firms in Sydney and Singapore. Rod Howell, a banking and finance partner who was the head of Allens’ finance team in Asia, will join Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) as a partner in Singapore. He has 20 years of experience advising on financing deals […]

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Here come ‘anything goes’ costs

Appeal court’s weak decision undermines efforts to constrain legal costs and adds to judges’ burden The Court of Appeal (CoA) decision last week in Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd ruled that there was good reason to depart from the previously approved costs budget of Baby P social worker Sylvia Henry in her defamation case […]

Al Tamimi announces partner promotions across the Middle East

Al Tamimi & Company has announced a series of partner promotions across the Middle East. Ammar Haykal (Litigation), Tara Marlow (Hospitality), David Yates (Technology, Media & Telecommunications), Hesham Al Hamoud (Corporate Commercial) and Graham Lovell (Corporate Commercial) were all promoted, bringing the Al Tamimi partnership number to 41 across the region. Haykal is based in […]

Slaughters joins Dutch duo on Philips’ latest divestment to Asian buyer

Slaughter and May joined Dutch duo De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Stibbe and a host of additional firms on Philips Electronics’ sale of its lifestyle entertainment business to Japanese company Funai Electric. The €150m (£128m) deal is the latest divestment by the Dutch company in a bid to shift its global portfolio from consumer-focused business […]

David Smedley

Smedley, David

As head of employment, partner David Smedley has more than 25 years’ experience in all aspects of employment and industrial relations work. In addition, he deals with a wide range of high-value breach-of-contract and restrictive covenant claims. With his employment team, he resolves a wide range of contentious issues and is involved in strategic HR […]

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