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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 […]


White & Case adds to Moscow partners

White & Case has promoted two lawyers to the partnership in its Moscow office Alexandra Rutstein is a capital markets lawyer who has been with the firm for only 19 months, while Eric Michailov is a corporate and M&A lawyer who has more than 10 years experience in Moscow. White & Case now has five […]

German law reform boosts global firms

International law firms are expected to profit significantly from reforms in Germany that allow a law firm to act throughout a case, except in the Supreme Court

Walking Sense

It has reached Tulkinghorn’s ears that a group of 53 Wragge & Co lawyers, and their families and friends made a bizarre personal tribute to 1960s musical The Sound of Music recently. Led by incumbent senior partner John Crabtree, the group took part in a Traverse the Alps Challenge. But before you fear for their […]

Separated at birth

When Tulkinghorn treated ‘er indoors to a trip to the pictures last week, imagine his alarm to see his old pal David Brimacombe, Standard Chartered Bank’s head of group legal, in the starring role of Austin Powers in Goldmember. Since scooping in-house banking and finance team of the year at The Lawyer Awards in 2001, […]

The IT boy

After 18 years at Clifford Chance, IT whizz Christopher Millard has finally found his niche at Linklaters. Kathryn Hobbs reports Christopher Millard, the man who dared to do the unthinkable when he crossed the magic circle in June, is a self-confessed geek – but “not too geeky”. Unlike his IT counterparts on the groovy West […]

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