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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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Harry Potter and the Order of the High Court

The man who is suing Harry Potter author JK Rowling and publishers Bloomsbury has been ordered by the High Court to pay £1.6m as security for costs or the claim will be struck out. The move is indicative of a wider trend on the High Court bench, with judges being encouraged by their peers to […]

Simmons hires partner for depleted Paris office

Simmons & Simmons has begun to rebuild its depleted Paris office with the hire of Landwell & Associés partner Michèle Anahory. Anahory’s arrival at Simmons follows a number of partner losses from the firm’s French office. This week it was announced that Africa group head Christophe Asselineau is joining Shearman & Sterling, employment partner Laure […]

Latham promotes one City lawyer in latest round

Latham & Watkins has promoted six counsel to partner including London-based restructuring specialist  Holly Neavill. The other promotions are Benjamin Su in Beijing, Craig Stoehr in Doha, Thomas Vogel in Paris, Robert  Phillips in Silicon Valley and Sarah Nappi in Washington DC. Chairman and managing partner Robert Dell said: “These new partners bring their diverse […]

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Sumption’s Supreme Court elevation delayed by oligarch case

Brick Court silk Jonathan Sumption QC is to act as lead counsel for Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich in his legal showdown with rival Boris Berezovsky, delaying his expected appointment to the Supreme Court. The silk’s role on the case had looked in doubt because of mounting speculation that he is about to be elevated […]

Latham creates Boston bridgehead with eye on technology, private equity

Latham & Watkins has continued its recent ­expansionist strategy with the launch of an office in ­private equity-focused Boston. News that the firm, which now has around 2,000 lawyers in 31 offices across the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, is to open in Boston comes shortly after it launched in Riyadh, Beijing and Houston. The Boston […]

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