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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 […]


Paul Meads

The Reit call: Paul Meads, F&C Reit

As well as managing a huge property portfolio, combining the elements that now comprise the business means F&C Reit’s sole lawyer Paul Meads has been a key element in its success. You know those lawyers who go on secondment to a client and never go back? Paul Meads is one of them. “I joined Olswang as part […]

Top Continental firms see financials inch up

Continental Europe’s largest 10 law firms produced a collective turnover of e2.3bn (£2bn) in 2010 after a year of steady but unremarkable growth. Led by Spanish giant ­Garrigues, which brought in e352.8m to become the first European firm to break through the e350m barrier, the top 10 saw revenue growth of between 1 per cent […]

Linklaters’ Indian ally boosts partnership with internal promotion

Linklaters’ Indian best friend Talwar Thakore & Associates (TTA) has promoted banking and finance managing associate Sonali Mahapatra to its partnership to take its partner headcount back up to six. Mahapatra joined TTA in 2009 after a three-year stint with Linklaters and will become a partner on 1 April. She graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in […]


First bar census reveals little improvement in diversity statistics

Diversity at the bar has increased only marginally over the past five years, the results of the Bar Standard Board’s first-ever census of the profession has revealed. The Bar Barometer report, which examines trends in the profession over the five years from 2005-06 to 2009-10, reveals that the proportion of self-employed female barristers has increased […]

Joan Devine

On the move

Scottish commercial property firm Bell & Scott has hired Joan Devine (left) as its ­property ­litigation head. Move of the week She joins from DLA Piper, where she led the litigation and ­regulatory group. Devine has more than 20 years’ ­experience in commercial disputes, with ­particular expertise in insolvency and ­property litigation, and is recognised […]

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