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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 […]


The Firm

Minutes of an extraordinary meeting between Tom Henderson and Jack Pratchard to discuss potential new partners at The Firm. Henderson: So Jack, it’s that time of year again and we can’t carry on using that dodgy French ruse of not promoting anyone. At the rate we’re losing partners there’ll soon be only you, me and […]

Litigator’s View

Andrew Coates on a judgment which calls for Shell to bear its own trial costs despite winning a personal injury case. Andrew Coates is a partner at City insurance litigation firm Kennedys. In a Judgment handed down by Mr Justice Jackson in the Liverpool District Registry on 15 February a successful defendant was ordered to […]

Case of the week

He has invited more hatred, abuse, parodies and custard pies than most incredibly rich men and now, according to some, he has met his nemesis in the form of the US government. Bill Gates faces the prospect of watching his company split up as punishment for running foul of US anti-trust legislation. As expected, a […]


Martineaus overhauls property department

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has restructured its property department following the departures of two partners. Martineaus is losing Barry Sankey, the former head of its property development group, to Browne Jacobson. Joanna Lawson-King left the firm for Pinsent Curtis in October 1999. David Gwyther, managing partner at Martineaus, says: “In March last year Barry had […]

Sullivan & Cromwell boosts London practice with NY trio

Top US firm Sullivan & Cromwell is boosting its commitment to its London office by moving three partners from New York – including one of the most highly-rated M&A lawyers in the world. Global leader Neil Anderson has been named as head of the firm’s European M&A practice. He is moving to London with fellow […]

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