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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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Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole are in talks over a three-way merger which would create a new top 40 UK firm with revenues closing in on £100m. The merger would create a firm with offices across the Midlands, south of England and Wales, employing over 450 lawyers. The news, confirmed by Morgan Cole […]

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Ashfords to admit non-lawyers to partnership as it moves beyond law

South West firm Ashfords is set to launch a range of professional, non-legal services to complement its practice areas, as part of its five-year strategic vision. The spread of products will operate across a range of practice areas and will include services such as project management, health and safety and regulatory advice. Ashfords will run […]

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Ashfords, Burges Salmon and TLT appointed to HAB Housing panel

TV designer and presenter Kevin McCloud MBE’s company, HAB Housing, has added TLT and Ashfords to its panel alongside Burges Salmon. TLT real estate partner David Smithen won the place for plot sales while Ashfords’ real estate partner Andrew Rothwell secured the second spot for real estate planning with Burges Salmon. Real estate partner Ross […]

New York

A&O matches Clifford Chance in New York Christmas bonuses

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the second magic circle firm to announced its 2018 bonuses for US associates, just months after a raft of firms revealed “one-off” summer bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. First year associates will scoop $15,000 while lawyers that have been at the firm from 2010 and before will take […]

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