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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 […]


Rakisons' merger talks break down

Merger talks between City firm Rakisons and US firm Leboeuf Lamb Greene & Macrae have broken down following last week’s departure of Rakisons’ head of telecoms (The Lawyer, 7 February). The talks had reached “advanced stages”. It is understood the firms had exchanged financial information. Sources say that Leboeufs has been looking for a telecoms […]

Blurring the boundaries

Veronica Cowan talks to Sir Richard Scott QC about changes facing the Chancery Courts and the whole profession. As Vice-Chancellor of the Supreme Court, Sir Richard Scott QC has effective responsibility for the running of the Chancery Division of the High Court. Barbara Dohmann QC, chairman of the Commercial Bar Association, describes Scott as “the […]

Pinsents beats City giants to gain places on Tesco panels

Pinsent Curtis has triumphed over a host of firms to win a place on Tesco’s corporate policy panel alongside City giant Freshfields. The national firm has also been appointed as primary adviser for regulatory issues following the retail giant’s wide-ranging panel review. The victories are a coup for Pinsents which was competing against big-hitters such […]

TJG and Osborne Clarke survive Lucent panel cull

Taylor Joynson Garrett and Osborne Clarke have won places on Lucent Technologies’ dramatically reduced panel. The telecommunications giant, which first announced its plans to slash its panel from 10 firms to between three and four last year (The Lawyer, 23 August 1999), began hearing presentations from firms in November. But it is believed that only […]

Ashursts US merger stalled by Lathams

Latham & Watkins and Ashurst Morris Crisp’s plans for a merger are being blocked by the US firm’s London office. It is understood that the office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing that the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent. Last week The Lawyer exclusively revealed that the […]

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