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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 […]


Council lawyer poached by City

Experienced housing solicitor Jo Miller has been head- hunted from her job at Liverpool City Council by City firm Devonshires. Miller, a senior housing lawyer at Liverpool for the past two years, will join Devonshires in June and advise local authorities on the options for housing their tenants. Her move comes as the Labour Government […]

Rival property centre groups in discussions

THE TWO rival groups which are planning to establish national networks of solicitors property centres have held “constructive talks” on a possible collaboration. But, while negotiations are afoot between the Law Society-backed Solicitors Property Network (SPN) and Conquest Legal Marketing’s Solicitors Property Centres (SPC), the two rivals are continuing to promote their separate schemes. Last […]

Green paper to end CCT

Chris Fogarty reports A Government green paper spelling the end of Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) could be released next month. The anticipated move comes as the Labour administration prepares to usher in more flexible legislation and regulations that could ease the burden placed on local authority legal departments. President of the Association of Council Secretaries […]

Wall St firm beefs up maritime crew

Leading Wall Street law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn has beefed up its own maritime capability by raiding four partners from a neighbouring niche transportation practice. Carter Ledyard has poached four shipping-related partners from Haight Gardiner Poor & Havens, and has not ruled out the recruitment of more lawyers from the firm as part of […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Lynda Martin Alegi

Lynda Martin Alegi was born in Liverpool on 7 March 1952. She is a partner at Baker & McKenzie. What was your first job? Papergirl. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £1,500. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Been a kept woman. Which law could you live […]

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