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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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The northern lights

Family and matrimonial law is an area on which the local regional Bar is often consulted. Although many family and matrimonial lawyers have been building up specialist expertise in this area of practice themselves, including qualifying as solicitor advocates, they still tend to use counsel for the more complex matters or where “pure advocacy” is […]

The rising stars of the regions

The regions have not been ignored by solicitors in their recommendations of up-and-coming juniors in family and matrimonial matters. It is a field that needs, as one solicitor says, “someone who is superb with clients, very understanding and able to smooth things over with the clients, as well as fighting in their corner”. In Birmingham, […]

In brief: David Wallen settles action

David Wallen, a solicitor who, until last November, was a partner in Robin Thompson & Partners, has settled his libel action against the Birmingham Post. The paper had alleged that Wallen had assaulted the husband of his opponent, a litigant in person, after a hearing at Birmingham County Court, aggravating his stomach abscess and causing […]

In brief: Museum appoints Halliwell Landau

Manchester-based Halliwell Landau has been appointed legal adviser to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. “Halliwell Landau was chosen to provide all legal services to the museum in view of the firm’s breadth of expertise and commitment to service,” said museum director Patrick Greene. Halliwell partner Geoffrey Shindler will lead the legal team […]

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Nat West opens legal centre

BARRISTERS and their chambers are being targeted by a new legal banking centre set up by National Westminster Bank. The Law Courts Legal Centre has been established at the National Westminster Bank branch opposite the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand. A section of the bank has been set aside for the centre, which […]

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