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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 […]


Watson Burton opens Leeds base

Watson Burton is poised to launch the firm’s first office outside its home city of Newcastle. As first revealed on (11 August), the hugely profitable 24-partner firm is expected to open an office in Leeds by the end of the year. Watson Burton senior partner Andrew Hoyle said the new office will initially focus […]

Adams looks for new niche in Canary Wharf

East London firm Adams is opening a third office in Canary Wharf in a bid to reposition itself as a boutique corporate and finance practice. The new office, on the 29th floor of One Canada Square, will open on 1 September with an estimated 18 staff and will specialise in corporate, finance and property. The […]

Markel International in legal head first

Insurance group Markel International has appointed its first ever head of legal. Penny Whitwell has been promoted from her role as general counsel of the company’s professional liability division to become head of legal for the entire business. Whitwell joined Markel in 1990 as a claims manager, moving to professional liability in 2001. She began […]

DLA raids Görg for Hamburg debut

DLA has won three Hamburg-based partners and 10 associates from former German ally Görg to launch its own base in the city. Görg and DLA went their separate ways last month after three years as best friends. The split came after DLA pressed for further integration in the wake of its merger talks with US […]

Lawyers call for trial of ‘terrorists’

The Law Society and the Bar Council last week spearheaded international condemnation of the detention of terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay. In an open letter, signed at the annual general meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) this week, the leaders of 28 law societies and bar councils worldwide call for the Guantanamo detainees to […]

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