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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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You probably don’t go into private practice with the ambition of advising on failures in private practice, but Pinsent Masons insolvency partner Steven Cottee has carved out quite the niche alongside financial advisory firm Quantuma. Administrations and pre-pack sales of small to medium-sized law firms have kept Pinsents and Quantuma ticking along over the years, […]

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Morgan Lewis recruits MoFo funds quartet

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has ramped up its funds offering in London, with two new partners from Morrison & Foerster. The two partners – Oliver Rochman and Rob Mailer – are bringing two associates with them to Morgan Lewis; Eliska van Wickern and Xun Choong. The four advise sponsors and investors of private investment funds, […]

Deloitte Legal lures Luminance CEO in bid for NewLaw talent

Deloitte Legal has hired Luminance chief executive officer Emily Foges to lead its managed services business. Foges will take on the leadership function in June, concluding a four-year stint as CEO of the artificial intelligence company. As part of her role, she will concoct a string of new services that will combine managed services capabilities […]

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Legal roles axed as Uber reveals further job losses

Uber’s in-house legal team in the US has been affected by the ride-hailing company’s decision to cut 3,000 roles overall this week, as it faces a drop in user demand amid the Covid-19 crisis. The Lawyer understands that about 17 per cent of Uber’s US legal team headcount has been laid off, including attorneys, claims […]

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