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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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City duo lead on largest AIM IPO of 2019

Addleshaw Goddard and Bird & Bird have acted on the £135m IPO of promotional products company The Pebble Group, the largest AIM IPO placing this year. Addleshaws’ corporate partner Richard Lee advised The Pebble Group from the firm’s Manchester office, after it confirmed its intention to float in November. Pebble is comprised of two businesses […]

City duo make the cut in Dechert’s partner promotions

Dechert has promoted two lawyers to the City this year in a round of 11, following a record high year in 2018. Craig Borthwick in financial services and Smridhi Gulati in corporate and securities were the two associates given the nod in London’s Dechert office, effective 1 January 2020. Gulati joined the US firm in […]

Brown Rudnick’s gallant attempt to interest the City might finally work

Cast your minds back to 2013 when a Leeds-headquartered clothing retailer named Republic fell into administration. With all the present dramas of the high street, you might be thinking, so what? But the parties involved are pertinent to last week’s hires between DLA Piper and Brown Rudnick. It turns out the world of restructuring isn’t […]

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