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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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Allen & Overy‘s Hong Kong office advised Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) on its listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Trading on HKEx, which is the new holding company of the stock exchange, futures exchange and their associated clearing houses, commenced on 27 June when it initially listed more […]

Legal Widow

I was playing the lying down game with the children the other day, a game I much appreciate as it involves a lot of lying down – something a mother of three rarely gets the chance to do, even at legitimate hours of the night. The three children were operating on me, having admitted me […]

Litigator’s View

Duncan Wiggetts reports on the BBC’s attempts to protect its reputation in sports broadcasting BBC v talkSPORT In an important decision in June, Justice Blackburne drew a line in the sand on the ambit of “protectable goodwill”. The learned judge did so by refusing to grant injunctive relief to the BBC to stop talkSPORT using […]

Firms under pressure as Kingfisher reviews panel

Firms advising Kingfisher are facing a tense couple of months as the retail giant begins its first panel review for more than two years. The number of firms on the 10-strong panel is not expected to increase. But some firms could lose work, and even their place, when the review is completed in the autumn. […]

Joseph Tan merges with Koh & Choo

Joseph Tan Jude Benny, one of Singapore’s largest specialist shipping practices, is merging with corporate firm Koh & Choo. The newly-created practice will be known as Joseph Tan Jude Benny Anne Choo. Name partner Anne Choo will head the corporate group in the 35 fee-earner firm. Koh & Choo also gives Joseph Tan Jude Benny […]

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