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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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CLSA urges appeals avalanche to reverse LAB phone 'policy'

THE Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) is protesting against an alleged Legal Aid Board drive to reclassify duty solicitor phone calls to police stations at a lower rate, by urging its members to overwhelm the board with appeals. Last week The Lawyer revealed accusations by Eastbourne solicitor Rodney Warren that the Brighton LAB was introducing […]

KPMG Dublin hires duo to build up legal muscle

The Dublin branch of ‘Big Six’ accountancy firm KPMG has recruited a solicitor and a barrister to head a new department which will make further inroads into the legal market. Solicitor Caoive Collins and barrister Michael O’Toole are to be in charge of the new Corporate Legal Advisory Services (CLAS) department, which replaces the Company […]

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 […]

Support when it is needed

The TSG represents the interests of law students as well as offering a helping hand. The Trainee Solicitors Group represents CPE and LPC students, trainees and first-year newly qualified solicitors, all of whom are automatic members. The group is an affiliate of the Law Society and obtains its income from a society grant and sponsorship. […]

A modern role for arbitration

Clare Ambrose assesses how the new Arbitration Act will affect the role of commercial counsel as arbitrators and advocates. Clare Ambrose is a barrister at 20 Essex Street. The Arbitration Act 1996 is a confident sign that England’s arbitration system has been fully modernised and is ready to provide efficient and speedy dispute resolution. For […]

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