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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 […]



•UK- and US-qualified lawyer Aaron Stephens has joined Berwin Leighton Paisner’s London office as a senior associate from DLA Piper. •Sir Michael Bichard, chair of the Legal Services Commission, is standing down to take up a new post as director of a new Institute for Government. The commission is to launch a recruitment exercise to […]

Skadden appoints new top dog

Skadden appoints new top dog” />Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom announced today (Friday 16 May) that M&A partner Eric Friedman is to succeed Bob Sheehan as the firm’s executive partner. Friedman will take over from Sheehan, Skadden’s executive partner since 1994, next spring. In a statement, Sheehan said Freidman was “the perfect choice” to […]

Eversheds on a par with national competitors

National firms Eversheds, Pinsent Masons and Wragge & Co have all posted revenue rises of between 10 and 11.5 per cent. Eversheds has increased its revenue by 10 per cent, from £356m to £390m. Profit per equity partner (PEP) is also up by 10 per cent, from £502,000 to £552,000. Net profit, which last year […]

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