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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 […]


Maurits Dolmans

Bakers and Cleary fly US flag in Stonewall’s legal top 10

Baker & McKenzie and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are the only US firms to be recognised in LGB charity Stonewall’s legal sector top 10. Cleary is a new entrant in the leaderboard, which was last night unveiled by the charity, gaining recognition for the progress it has made on policy and practice. Cleary partner […]

Lincoln's Inn

Crunch time for Dawsons as Fladgate tie-up founders

Lincoln’s Inn firm ­Dawsons is scouring the market for merger partners following the collapse of talks with Fladgate. Since the talks broke down, the firm, whose lease is almost up on its current building, has introduced voluntary four-day working and wage reductions. The firm is under pressure to find new premises, and hoped a merger would allow it to do […]


Eversheds kicks off apprenticeship scheme

Eversheds is considering following Norton Rose’s lead and taking on apprentices in a number of its ­support departments. During National Apprenticeship Week (7-11 ­February) Norton Rose announced that it had taken on an apprentice to work as a cashier in its finance team. Working alongside the National Apprenticeship Service, the top 10 law firm is considering whether […]


Halliwells’ administrators seek funds to cover £200m of debts

Failed firm Halliwells owes creditors a total of around £200m, a letter from its joint administrators has revealed. BDO partners Dermot Power and Shay Bannon, who were appointed joint administrators of the firm last year, have contacted all known creditors stating that they have received unsecured claims totaling £191,521,921. The sum is much greater than […]

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