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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 […]


Doughty Street welcomes six new barristers

Doughty Street Chambers has announced the arrival of six new barristers. They are: David Haines from Pendragon Chambers; David Lemer from Mitre House Chambers; Louise Price from 12 King’s Bench Walk; Siobhan Grey from Charter Chambers; Lauren Soertsz From Dyers Chambers; and Amos Waldman from Young Street Chambers in Manchester. A Doughty Street spokesperson said: […]


The Lawyer HR Awards 2011

The biggest night for legal HR took place last week (8 February) when 350 HR professionals descended on the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for The Lawyer HR Awards. Field Fisher Waterhouse carried off the big prize as HR Team of the Year for its root-and-branch overhaul of the firm’s career framework, training, assessment […]

Pinsents ally ups Chinese construction nous

Pinsent Masons has formed an alliance with a Chinese firm to enable it to expand the amount of construction clients it acts for. Pinsents has signed an agreement with Beijing Hesen Law Firm, which is led by construction lawyers Ye Wanhe and Elvis Zhou. This alliance is in addition to three of its own offices […]

Maples acts on Rockspring development schemes

Maples Teesdale has helped Rockspring Property Investment Managers on two significant investments in speculative development schemes. The property fund has acquired Centurion House in the City from CBRE Investors for £22m. The building is ­currently multi-let to seven tenants, but vacant possession of the 61,000sq ft space is expected to be secured in July before […]

Tulkinghorn: Leith injection

There are few things the Scots hold so dear as their beloved Irn-Bru, that iconic – even ironic – soft drink of sticky golden lusciousness. Aside from the fact that it’s a hangover cure par excellence, Irn-Bru’s popularity can largely be put down to a series of genius advertising campaigns generated by Edinburgh’s Leith Agency. […]

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