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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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n brief: TSG helpline receives two suicide calls

The number of calls to the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) helpline has more than doubled in the last year. TSG chair Nick Armstrong said the severity of some of the problems trainees were facing was “horrifying”. The helpline also received two suicide calls in the last six months.From June to September the helpline took 116 […]

In brief: Wragge & Co

In last week’s article headlined “Wragge & Co client threatens to dump firm over ‘excessive’ fees”, it was incorrectly implied that Innovative Technologies finance director David Chellingsworth had warned law firms Wragge & Co, Bingham Dana & Gould and accountancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers that they could be dropped if fees were not cut. We would […]

It's been a bad week for:

Judges. Boy has it been a bad week for judges. Where to start? How about with Judge Martin Binning who imprisoned John McGranaghan for nine months following a knife attack, earning the ridicule of Private Eye. Lawyers for McGranaghan had argued that he had a serious medical condition after suffering two heart attacks while being […]

Its been a good week for:

Staff at Davies Arnold Cooper. Last week their boss, David McIntosh, told the Trainee Solicitors’ Group that professional success was not inevitably linked to a life of long hours. Assistants at the firm may wish to remind David of this should they ever decide they want to leave at 5.30pm on the dot. Hammond Suddards, […]

Human rights:where's the beef?

The Human Rights Act promises UK residents a truly democratic society for the first time. But, asks Matheu Swallow, is the UK ready for such a revolution? There are concerns that Britain’s judiciary is ill-equipped to cope with its new responsibilities. “Football’s coming home” was the unofficial anthem for the England World Cup squad of […]

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