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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 […]



Fountain Court Chambers Watson is another to follow the traditional route from trolley pusher in 1974 to senior clerk today, but has stayed put at Fountain Court for the duration of his career. The team now totals nine clerks, but the set recently saw the departure of chambers director Ric Martin after three years in […]

Bird & Bird scoops MP3’s pan-European business

Bird & Bird has landed leading internet music distributor MP3 as a client following a competitive tender process. It is understood that six firms pitched for the work, including one from the magic circle. The final choice was made after the beauty parade last month. The win is a significant one for technology specialist Bird […]

Olswang takes on Biddle's head of media

Olswang has recruited a new partner to its IP practice. Kim Walker joins the firm from Biddle, where he was head of the media department. Andrew Inglis, head of Olswang’s IP practice which currently employs 22 lawyers, including 4 partners, explains that the appointment is to meet current market demands. He says: “The commercial IP […]

Jones Day goes one up on Silicon Valley firms with ‘no equity’ plan

CLEVELAND firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is launching an office in Silicon Valley with a plan to set itself apart by refusing to accept equity in lieu of fees. The firm is moving in two partners to spearhead the growth of the practice, which is being established to service new venture capital client Sequoia […]

Bar squeezes senior clerks

Senior clerks are facing concerted pressure to reduce their earnings as chambers look to cut overheads. Salaries will typically account for about 50 per cent of a chambers’ total expenditure, with senior clerks at the five leading commercial sets earning between £100,000 and £350,000 a year. David Grief, senior clerk at Essex Court, is one […]

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