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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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DWS adds Mauritian firm to Africa alliance

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has added a law firm in Mauritius to its Africa alliance as it looks to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s burgeoning reputation as an offshore destination for African companies. Mauritian firm BLC Chambers is DWS’s latest ally in the region, but it is looking to expand further. Head of the Africa group […]

Paralegal qualification gets go-ahead from Government

The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The new BTEC in Legal Work, developed by the Institute of Paralegals, will be launched in schools and further education colleges in September. It will also be available as a distance learning course from […]

Compagnoni arrival sees duo quit Weil for Dechert

Dechert” />Weil Gotshal & Manges has lost two corporate and securities partners to Dechert in a rejig of the corporate team following the trophy hire of Lovells partner Marco Compagnoni. Corporate partner Graham Defries and capital markets partner Wayne Rapozo handed in their resignations at Weil last Friday (12 May) and are expected to start at […]

International eye: France

Size matters as Fidal enjoys profitable 2005 Former KLegal firm Fidal was the first Gallic firm to reveal its financial results for 2005, announcing a turnover rise of 8 per cent. The giant firm, which has more than 1,400 fee-earners, now brings in E265m (£181.7m), and but tax law remains integral to its success. Fidal […]

Nabarros scoops Travers and Kilpatrick department heads

Nabarro Nathanson has made two head of department lateral hires, bolstering its construction and finance practices. Travers Smith head of construction Matthew Jones and Kilpatrick Stockton London finance head Nina Hoque are both set to join Nabarros. Jones’ recruitment takes the firm’s construction and engineering group to eight partners and 17 fee earners, based in […]

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