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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 […]


Case of the week

Pamela White, who worked as an equal partner for 33 years helping her husband to build up his farming business, is claiming a half-share in the £4.5m venture. The House of Lords heard the case last week, which is considered the most important divorce cases for years. White was originally awarded a lump sum of […]

The fraud squad

Due to a tightening of regulations, accountants working in the sexy area of forensic accountancy have had a fairly peaceful year. But as Jon Robins reports, that does not mean we may never see a Maxwell-style fraud case again. It is not likely that many people are drawn to a career in accountancy in pursuit […]

Cost cuts see Biddle’s partner profits double

Biddle’s profits per partner have soared by 50 per cent after cutting costs and tackling slack habits in recording billable hours. Average profits per partner have risen to £270,000 with top of equity receiving £350,000 – £100,000 more than last year. Bottom of equity has seen an increase from £35,000 to £160,000. Gross fees have […]

Scotland’s first LLP firm gets approval

Scotland has gained its first-ever limited liability partnership firm – ahead of the LLP Bill being passed by Parliament. New firm Semple Kennedy was approved on 30 June with Walter Semple and former Faulds Gibson & Kennedy managing partner Ewan Kennedy. Semple was formerly a partner at Bird Semple, which has merged with DLA. Semple […]

A&O dresses down five days a week

Allen & Overy is breaking with magic circle formality by offering staff the chance to dress down five days a week. The move affects only Allen & Overy’s London office, but head of corporate Richard Cranfield believes that it will spread to the firm’s international offices. Brief guidelines on the “smart casual policy” have been […]

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