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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 […]


Weekend Breaks. Backyard breakaway

England has plenty to offer dedicated holiday-makers, from youth hostelling to luxury hotels. London is still the UK’s top destination. The traditional weekend stay will often include a West End show, and if you do not want to go to the trouble of making the travel arrangements, a number of hotels and ticket companies will […]

Slaughters searches for new headquarters

Slaughter and May is looking for a new headquarters to move into when the lease runs out on its main City building at 35 Basinghall Street in 2002. It currently has four London buildings, but the leases on Basinghall Street and Austell House on Basinghall Avenue, both partly owned by the developer Wates, are due […]

In brief: Watt new senior partner at Charles Russell

Charles Russell’s newly elected senior partner is Laurie Watt (right), currently the firm’s head of litigation. Watt will take over on 1 May from John South, who is retiring but remaining at the firm as a consultant. The firm says its fee income is forecast to exceed £21m in the current year and has grown […]

Will Slater on the need to check whether a building is a chattel. Will Slater is a solicitor with the London office of Laytons.

A recent High Court decision in Potton Developments v Thompson and Ennever dramatically highlights the importance of identifying whether the “building” on the land your client is buying is a chattel. It also serves to warn buyers that the most conventional-looking building might be a chattel, the sale of which would require express provision to […]

In brief: Pagan Macbeth opens Dunfermline office

Scottish firm Pagan Macbeth has opened a new office in Dunfermline, alongside its existing offices in Edinburgh, Fife and Lothian, to service what it believes is a mini-boom in the Fife area. Alison Green, partner in the four-partner firm, said: “The West Fife economy has seen a great deal of investment in recent times and […]

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