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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 […]


Law Lord warns experts fees may jeopardise independence

EXPERT witnesses should not be paid on a contingency fee basis because their independence could be called into question if they have a direct financial interest in a case, say leading members of the judiciary. Law Lord, Lord Slynn, says solicitors should also be prevented from providing incentives of future work in order to obtain […]

Competition expert signs up to rivals

COMPETITION law specialist Geraldine Tickle has left Birmingham firm Wragge & Co to join local rivals Martineau Johnson. Tickle has been charged with developing her new firm’s commercial agreements and competition law service alongside its expanding intellectual property department. She was made a partner at Wragge & Co four years ago where she led the […]

Law Society calls for body to oversee judicial selection

THE LAW Society has called on MPs to set up a new independent body to oversee the future selection of judges. A new Judicial Appointments Commission was one of the key proposals in the society’s submission on judge selection procedure to the Home Affairs Select Committee last week. The commission would produce more objective appointments […]

LETG gives survival tips

‘MANAGING to survive and succeed’ is the theme for the Legal Education and Training Group’s sixth annual conference to be held in London later this month. The conference, being held at the Langham Hilton on 23 June, will include keynote speeches from Price Waterhouse’s Matthew de Lange and John Stevens from the Institute of Personnel […]

Election round up. The countdown to election showdown

April 1993: A secret Chancery Lane investigation is launched after Eileen Pembridge complains to the then-president Mark Sheldon about recently elected deputy vice-president John Young. Two years later she publicly speaks of “numerous allegations” of sexual harassment against him. Young is privately warned over the incidents regarded as “disturbing” by Sheldon. March 1995: Martin Mears, […]

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