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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 […]


Singapore review group says no to full liberalisation of legal market

Following recommendations by a review committee to the government, Singapore is not expected to give the go-ahead for a full liberalisation of the country’s legal services sector. The review outlines proposals for a period of three to five years and covers all aspects of the local legal scene. Recommendations are understood to have been made […]

Clearer definition will help firms’ CSR commitments

It intrigues me how people in the legal profession frequently use the terms ‘pro bono’, ‘volunteering’ and ‘CSR’ as an interchangeable commodity. Having been a corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager for 12 months, it still intrigues me how people in the legal profession frequently use the terms ‘pro bono’, ‘volunteering’ and ‘CSR’ as an interchangeable […]

Forsters acts on invista development

Forsters has exchanged contracts for long-term client Invista Real Estate on a town centre redevelopment in Carmarthen. The firm was instructed on the £73m deal in March this year, acting on behalf of investment funds for Clerical Medical and St James’s Place, which are managed by Invista. Invista will purchase a vacant site and will […]

Survey reveals fifty per cent slump in individual pro bono hours

The number of hours individual lawyers dedicate to pro bono work has almost halved in the past five years, new research commissioned by the Law Society has found. Each lawyer on average now provides 15 hours of free advice a year, compared with 32 hours in 2002, according to the survey. The findings, which polled […]

Magic circle muscles in on AIM as value skyrockets

Ashurst , Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DLA Piper, LG and Norton Rose have dominated Hemscott’s first client league table of top 100 AIM companies. Traditional FTSE players such as Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have also started picking up on the bigger-ticket AIM action as the market has matured. Firms outside […]

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