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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 […]


Charles Martin

Turnover and PEP up at Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has posted is financial results for the 2010-11 financial year, with turnover increasing 2.5 per cent from £92.4m to £94.7m. Partners enjoyed a 6 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP), with the figure up from £710,000 to £752,000. The results make better reading than last year, when the firm posted […]

Reed Smith snares Dorsey partner for Shanghai opening

International firm Reed Smith has appointed New York-licensed lawyer Jay Yan as managing partner of its new Shanghai office, which is expected to open ‘imminently’ after securing its licence. International firm Reed Smith has appointed New York-licensed lawyer Jay Yan as managing partner of its new Shanghai office, which is expected to open ‘imminently’ after […]

Sharon White

Stephenson Harwood snares Weil Gotshal’s London energy head

Stephenson Harwood has scooped Weil Gotshal & Manges energy and renewables head Andrew McLean for its corporate practice. In Paris, meanwhile, the firm has hired corporate partner Patrick Mousset from Mayer Brown, where he was a counsel. The funds and private equity specialist starts at the firm this week. McLean, who also co-headed the firm’s […]


Opinion: News of the World – a closure without closure? Will the stigma last?

The closure of the News of the World leaves its employees facing an uncertain future. It does not take News International’s own Mystic Meg to predict that that future will inevitably involve litigation. But what is the legal landscape and what claims can we expect? The publicly reported position of News International is that it […]

Roschier hires Vinge trio, shakes up Stockholm management

Scandinavian firm Roschier has recruited three partners and appointed a new management team in its Stockholm office. Malin Leffler, Pontus Enquist and Ola Sandersson from Swedish firm Vinge have joined Roschier’s partnership. All three have expertise in corporate and M&A, while Leffler specialises in private equity. Meanwhile Jens Bengtsson, who joined Roschier from Linklaters in […]

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