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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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Wright choice for Lord Irvine

The new Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, has appointed Blairite constitutional expert Tony Wright as his parliamentary private secretary. The minister’s PPS traditionally acts as his “eyes and ears” on the back benches but Wright, who was a politics lecturer before becoming an MP, may extend this role. Chris Philipsborn, head of the Law […]

Walls come tumbling down

These are exciting times for would-be lawyers as new business groupings begin to develop. Roman McAlindon reports. Roman McAlindon is Midlands regional managing partner at Arthur Andersen. There was a time when everyone knew their role and there were clear distinctions between the work of accountants and lawyers. For example, corporate tax was handled by […]

In brief: Chase up a Corporate Challenge entry form

The 1997 Chase Corporate Challenge, sponsored by The Lawyer, will take place on 9 July in Battersea Park. The challenge is a 3.5-mile team road race open to corporations, businesses and financial institutions. Last year a team from Ashurst Morris Crisp was the fastest law firm in the charity fund-raising event. For an entry pack, […]

Getting it covered

Increase your chance of success with a good covering letter, says Ben Reeves. Ben Reeves is graduate recruitment manager at Hammond Suddards. The key to getting your traineeship application noticed is a good covering letter. The golden rule when preparing your application is to consider the person reading it. Recruitment staff spend many hours reading […]

Extending a helping hand

It takes commitment but voluntary work at legal advice centres is a good source of all-round experience, says Kate Cartmell. Kate Cartmell is a trainee solicitor at Nicholson Graham & Jones. It is Wednesday evening and I have had a hard day at work, rushing up and down stairs and receiving four new things to […]

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