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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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Eversheds restructures to avoid brand confusion

Volume business LSG to be tied in with litigation and real estate areas Eversheds has disbanded its commoditised arm as part of a firmwide restructure aimed at allaying any confusion about its brand. The firm operates a ­volume business, Legal ­Systems Group (LSG), which deals with financial recovery, remortgaging, ­volume claims, personal injury and specialist litigation. LSG sits […]


Scottish uprising

Scottish firms are gearing up for a better time after two years in the doldrums, says Margaret Taylor  After a torrid 2008-09, Scotland’s law firms continued to suffer during the 2009-10 financial year. Of the top 20 Scottish firms by turnover McGrigors, which posted a revenue rise of 10 per cent, recorded the highest […]


Macfarlanes advises latest bidder for Liverpool FC

Macfarlanes has been handed the mandate to act for the latest bidder to throw his hat into the ring in the battle for control of Liverpool Football Club. The firm is acting for Singapore tycoon Peter Lim on what is reported to be an improved offer for the troubled Premier League club. Lim is also […]

Shearman and Weil top of the Kops

You could say that Bill Shankly will be turning in his grave. But given the ongoing travails of Liverpool over the last few seasons the chances are he’s been on a spin cycle for quite some time now. Either way, the great man would not be happy to see the Anfield club punted around from […]

Focus on Lone Star state as merger plans take shape

Merger-mania hit the US late last month as two potentially market-changing deals broke cover in less than a week. Then, within 24 hours, one collapsed. Few in the market will have been surprised that Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe featured prominently in one of the potential mergers. The firm, which earlier this year confirmed it had […]

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