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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 […]


Olswang seals City property sale

Olswang has landed a deal advising on the £325m sale of the Mid City Place building in London’s High Holborn. Corporate partner Paul Blackmore and real estate partner Stephen Hughes led the team acting on the deal, representing clients of Delancy and Invista Real Estate Investment Management, who owned the property. According to Blackmore, Olswang […]

CC Budapest partnership put on lowest equity ladder

Clifford Chance is gearing up to move its Budapest partnership onto the lowest of its three equity ladders, with Prague and Warsaw already operating on the lower level. Ladder one, which runs from 30 to 70 points as opposed to the normal 40 to 100, was okayed by the firm’s global partnership at the end […]

Simpson Thacher seals landmark Blackstone fund

The Blackstone Group has turned to regular adviser Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for the raising of its latest fund, the $21.7bn (£10.67bn) Blackstone Capital Partners V. The firm’s New York-based corporate partner Michael Wolitzer led the team acting on the fund, which is thought to be the world’s largest private equity vehicle, alongside tax partner […]

Druces & Attlee revenue hit by exits

London-based Druces & Attlee Solicitors saw its revenue fall from £7m to £5.8m last year following the retirement of two partners and the departures of two more for Weightmans and Edwin Coe. The 200-year-old, 12-partner firm has responded with a strategic review that it hopes will see it significantly increase in size. The review was […]


Ward of the land

As the go-to person in disputed Land Registry applications, the independence of the adjudicator is of key importance. By Michelle Stevens-Hoare The adjudicator to HM Land Registry is an independent judge appointed for the purpose of overseeing disputed applications that arise at the Land Registry. The adjudicator, his deputies and staff constitute an independent tribunal […]

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