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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 […]



Norton Rose, Shearman raid Simmons Paris

Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office has suffered a double partner loss with defections to Norton Rose and Shearman & Sterling. Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office has suffered a double partner loss with defections to Norton Rose and Shearman & Sterling. The firm’s Paris-based head of energy and infrastructure, Christophe Asselineau, who also heads Simmons’ Africa […]


The scramble for Africa

Legal work in Africa is no longer just about infrastructure projects. Joanne Harris discovers a continent where natural resources, telecoms and finance are helping create a land of plenty A number of repeated themes emerge when lawyers get talking about Africa: natural resources, development and the rise of the middle class are all topics that […]

David Stewart

Olswang promotes five to London partnership

Olswang has made up five of its London associates to partner in its annual round of promotions. The latest round of promotions, which become effective from 1 May, far outstrips the previous two years, which both saw two associates promoted. That said, the figure is still a long way off the number made up in […]

Alan Milburn

Magic circle moots joint social mobility strategy

Top firms will work together to widen access to the law A group of senior magic circle partners last month convened a high-level summit aimed at addressing potential social mobility issues across the entire legal profession due to upcoming university fee hikes, The Lawyer can reveal. The exploratory meeting, held at Allen & Overy’s Bishops Square headquarters, […]

Claire Wilkinson

PE teacher: Claire Wilkinson, MVision

MVision GC Claire Wilkinson lives and breathes private equity, so much so that she is the industry guru on ethics.  Unusually for a general counsel, when Claire Wilkinson joined private equity adviser MVision 16 months ago it was to replace the company’s outgoing chief financial officer. This helps explain why less than half her workload […]

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