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Medicinal Cannabis: What the Nation Needs?

David Hardstaff and Ami Amin discuss an in-depth report on policy developments in the UK by the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (the CDPRG) In Part A: why is it still so hard for patients to access the drugs they need? On 23 April 2020, the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) published Part A […]

Approval of liquidator’s remuneration: a tale of two reporters

A recent Sheriff Court judgment is the latest decision to consider the role and remit of the court reporter in a liquidation which, unusually, involved the court appointing two reporters. In Scotland, the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 provide that where there is no creditors committee, the remuneration of a liquidator shall […]

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 […]

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Former A&O senior partner to lead Vannin’s £70m float

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley has joined litigation funder Vannin Capital as its new non-executive chairman, as the business sets out its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. Morley has been brought on board to lead Vannin’s board of directors ahead of the funder’s float. He was a partner at […]

Better late than never: A&O finally gets granular on gender pay gap

Allen & Overy (A&O) has finally released its partner pay gap figures after months of criticism from the UK Government for not “coming clean” on the data. The move comes after its magic circle peers bowed down to pressure from MPs over the summer, who requested the firms release their gender pay gap for partners. […]

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“The future of litigation lies in tech”: A&O invests in new e-discovery platform

Taking a step further in its tech strategy, Allen & Overy has signed up with Relativity to use its e-discovery platform RelativityOne. The cloud-based service assists lawyers in the often repetitive and time-consuming discovery process, helping them gain insights faster through its search, analytics and visualisation tools with a global perspective. “The future of litigation […]

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A&O strikes canny office deal in overheated Belfast market

Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured a money-saving rent deal for its Belfast outpost, following the sale of the office for over £15m earlier this week. From March 2021, A&O will pay £19.50 per sq ft for the Grade A office development in the ObelComplex along Belfast’s waterfront, spanning seven floors. The rate is 13 per […]

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Addleshaws’ Scottish arm “unduly influenced” by Barclays in insolvency row

The family-owned business suing Addleshaw Goddard‘s Scottish arm has accused the firm of a breach of duty by allowing itself to fall under the “informal control” of Barclays during an insolvency process, documents seen by The Lawyer reveal. When Arthur Holgate & Son (AH&S) entered into insolvency in 2012, Deloitte turned to Addleshaws’ Scottish arm HBJ Gateley for […]

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