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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 […]

Cryptocurrencies: 2020 and beyond

As the global leader in alternative investment funds and one of the most innovative financial centres in the world, it is unsurprising that the Cayman Islands has quickly become a popular destination for cryptocurrency vehicles and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

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Allen & Overy (A&O) and Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill have called off tie-up talks after failing to agree terms. The two firms announced their decision today (26 March), four months after The Lawyer first revealed that they were holding exploratory talks (3 November 2011). A spokesperson for A&O said: “We’ve concluded our discussion with Allen […]

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Dickinson Dees adds to new Leeds base with Pinsents hire

Dickinson Dees has boosted its nascent Leeds office with the hire of Pinsent Masons’ local office head. Partner Mark Owen, who has been appointed to bring forward Dickinson Dees’ growth plans, will be based at the firm’s new Leeds office, which opens next week. He has experience of working on property development in both the […]

Holman Fenwick makes up trio to partnership

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has made three partnership promotions as it continues to invest in international commerce. The firm has been snapping up partners and entire practice teams from rivals to strengthen its global position. Last year it enjoyed a 13 per cent increase in total turnover to £112.5m – mainly due to expanding its […]

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War, peace, right and wrong

With Iran in the spotlight, expect plenty of legal rows about pre-emptive military action Coverage of the recent discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barak Obama has heightened talk about a stike against Iran, but the legal position is far from clear. Israel’s apparent willingness to use force against Iran appears […]

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Channel Islands imports must carry VAT, court rules

High Street retailers will not escape VAT on imports into the UK from the Channel Islands, the High Court has ruled. Mr Justice Mitting rejected a judicial review bid by Jersey and Guernsey against the Government’s decision to stop imports of goods by mail order from the islands being VAT free. The market, which is […]

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