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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 […]

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Shoosmiths property partner defects to Warner Cranston

City firm Warner Cranston is taking on a new commercial property partner from nat-ional practice Shoosmiths. Mary Anderson is joining Warner Cranston’s Coventry office after spending six years as a partner at Shoosmiths in the Midlands. Before that Anderson spent six years as a partner at Mishcon de Reya in London. Anderson specialises in major […]

It's been a good week for…

Schoolteacher Joanna Laromani, who has been awarded £15,000 damages against South Yorkshire Police. Laromani had refused to give two officers her boyfriend’s driving documents after an incident at home in 1997. The officers had grabbed her but she struggled free, ran inside and phoned 999. However, when more police arrived, they handcuffed her and bundled […]

Eversheds acquires Linsley & Mortimer

Eversheds has snapped up Newcastle firm Linsley & Mortimer to boost its local insurance practice. The three-partner firm, which counts CGU and Iron Trades among its clients, began talks with Berrymans Lace Mawer in June 1999. But by September, negotiations were called off at the last minute. According to David Weatherburn, head of insurance and […]

Northern & Shell Group

Monday afternoon is a hectic time for Maninder Gill, head of legal at Northern & Shell, as he has to find a quiet corner of the office to browse through a copy of OK! Magazine. It is not everyone’s idea of hard work but Gill is checking the magazine before it goes to press. OK! […]

Pro bono: what it means to you

Only one in three of the UK’s top 100 law firms responded to The Lawyer’s second comprehensive pro bono survey, but at least this is more than last year. Dearbail Jordan reports on the good, the bad and the indifferent. Apathy is the greatest enemy of progress – a point that is amply illustrated by […]

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