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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 […]


Don't waste marketers

Top law firms are employing a new breed of marketer on high salaries, but some are refusing to give them strong enough positions in the firm. If firms want to get the most out of their marketers they need to give them the power to make key strategic decisions at every level of the firm. […]

In brief: Solicitor Michael Seward

Solicitor Michael Seward, 42, has been ordered to be struck off after being found guilty of dishonestly using £330,000 of clients’ money, including £12,200 from the British Heart Foundation, for his own use. Seward, from Warrington, used to be a sole practitioner before working for Widdows Mason in West Houghton, Bolton.


In his first exclusive since being appointed senior Law Lord, Lord Nicholas Browne-Wilkinson talks to Robert Mendick He favours a Ministry of Justice; he dismisses plans for a register of judges’ interests as “absolutely mad”; he claims to be overworked and troubled by writer’s block when penning 100-page judgments; the Pinochet affair was disastrous. And […]

Irwin Mitchell warns funding code may breach human rights convention …

Irwin Mitchell, the UK’s largest legal aid practice, has written to minister of state Geoff Hoon, warning that the draft funding code may breach the human rights convention and create an unworkable new bureaucracy. Partner Andrew Lockley says: “Government cuts on legal aid will be even worse than has hitherto been realised and are just […]


Morgan Cole advised PixelFusion Group in raising u10m for completion of the development of the company’s first semiconductor chip. u7.5m was raised by a subscription offer of 1.25 million ordinary shares of 5p each

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