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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 […]


Land of the rising dumb

And the winner of this year’s Prince Philip Award for International Relations goes to… Hogan & Hartson. A switched-on, internationally-minded PR at the US firm is highly commended by Tulkinghorn for propagating the stereotype of Americans as world geography ignoramuses and displaying all the world nous of George W Bush. Buried somewhere among the inane […]

Standard & Poor’s appoints new Euro legal chief

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has named James Penrose as its new senior European counsel. Penrose takes over from Ian Bell who now heads S&P’s European structured finance credit rating business after six years in the role. Penrose is now responsible over seeing the ratings analysts for structured finance, corporate public finance and sovereign groups. […]

Investec looks for referrals after gifting Halliwells place on panel

Halliwells has landed a place on the advisory panel to Investec Bank’s growing Manchester office in the hope that the firm will provide client referrals to the investment bank. The firm’s appointment bolsters Investec’s local legal panel of nine firms, with Halliwells expected to advise primarily on property-related banking work. A spokesperson for the Investec […]

No Norton Rose without a thorn

Congratulations are due to Norton Rose partner Pete Talibart. The employment partner recently returned from the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton, Canada, clutching a silver medal. Canadian-born Talibart was playing rugby union for the home team, the Edmonton Leprechaun Tigers (catchy name), which came second in the aged 35-49 competition. Sadly, having battled their […]

DLA Piper targets Beijing in plan to grow Asian arm

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is set to launch in Beijing by the end of the year as it poaches a Clifford Chance partner for its Hong Kong office. DLA Piper has put in an application to set up an office in Beijing. The plan is to open with up to 10 fee-earners by the […]

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