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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 […]


Adam King: an apology

In the write-up of the ‘In-house Lawyer of The Year Award’, reference was made to the case brought by Adam King against the publishers of The Sunday Telegraph. In some references to this case it was suggested that Adam King had lost his claim, when, in fact, he had succeeded in obtaining substantial damages, costs […]

Partner in Simmons anti-Semitism claim protected from expulsion by deed

Robert Schon, the Simmons & Simmons partner suing his own firm for racial discrimination, is one of a tiny number of partners Simmons cannot remove from the equity, The Lawyer can reveal. The majority of equity partners at Simmons can be de-equitised as a last resort if 75 per cent of the partnership vote to […]

The work-life quiz

Michael Shaw, managing partner, Cobbetts What was your first ever job?Scrubbing out the toilets in a service station. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Handing matches to a prisoner charged with murdering his wife by setting her on fire. Where is the best place to go if you really want to find out […]

Bush names Jones Day partner as FTC head

A partner in Jones Day’s Washington practice was this week sworn in as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission. Antitrust specialist Deborah Platt Majoras, was nominated for the post by President George W. Bush in May and appointed last month. Majoras served as deputy assistant attorney general and principal deputy at the US Department of […]

California leads Kerry donations

West Coast law firms have helped Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry raise more money in California, making the state the party’s leading contributor in the US. By the end of June, Californian donations for Kerry’s bid for the White House totalled $23.6m (£12.9m), amounting to 21 per cent of his overall donations across the country, according to information produced […]

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