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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 […]


Lawyer readers are winners

Finally, we have two competition winners this week.A couple of weeks ago, Tulkinghorn set a task to find the budding marketeers among you, asking for tips to aid Hammonds’ marketing department in selling its latest client win, that of a leading condom manufacturer.A certain ‘Trev B’ went in on the theme of flavoured condoms, coming […]

Fully composed

Charles Russell’s Laurie Watt has not let his accession to senior partner hold him back from the fray – or from playing the horn. Kathryn Hobbs reports Describing a litigator as lovely has to be an oxymoron. But Laurie Watt, Charles Russell’s senior partner, is a lovely man, although he probably won’t thank me for […]

Sky Capital opts for Nicholson Graham

Nicholson Graham & Jones has capitalised on its relationship with commercial Wall Street firm Ziegler Ziegler & Altman and gained a new client in the process Nicholson Graham corporate finance partner Owen Waft was approached by Scott Zeigler to act on behalf of start-up New York broker dealer Sky Capital Holdings on its offer for […]

CC Pünder partner to join Mayer Brown

The Frankfurt office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw Gaedertz has hired Clifford Chance Pünder’s head of debt capital markets Joerg Wulfken He is the third German banking partner to join Mayer Brown from Clifford Chance in the space of nine months.Wulfken joins the firm on 1 August, hard on the heels of former Clifford […]

Simmons turnover defies partner profit slump

Simmons & Simmons’ profits per partner figure for 2001-02 dropped from £412,000 in the previous year to £375,000, a fall of almost 9 per cent However, the firm’s global turnover grew in the same period to £157m from £149m, an increase of 5.5 per cent. Global profits stayed at £50m.First revealed on on 14 […]

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