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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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Dentons‘ global management duo – chairman Joe Andrew and CEO Elliott Portnoy – have been re-elected for another three-year tenure at the helm of the firm. The duo, who have led the firm for five years already, stood unopposed during the process. They took over the reins in 2013 after the merger of European firm Salans […]

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Dentons to face scrutiny from SDT as discrimination row escalates

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to refer Dentons to the legal industry’s disciplinary tribunal after the firm was taken to court over the “unfair dismissal” of a member of staff on maternity leave. An investigation into the firm was carried out by the SRA, which concluded that the treatment of Bina Hale, a former recruitment […]

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Dentons hires Taylor Wessing duo for Germany launch

Dentons is to open its fourth German office in the city of Düsseldorf, recruiting two partners from Taylor Wessing for the launch. Taylor Wessing’s former head of competition, EU and trade, Andreas Haak, will serve as managing partner of the new office. Alongside partner Jörg Karenfort (currently based in Dentons’ offices in Berlin and Brussels), Haak […]

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Ex-A&O partner to testify next month in ongoing Dutch corruption saga

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