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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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Altheimer’s international chairman quits after internal shake-up

Altheimer & Gray has been hit by the shock resignation of the chairman of its international practice. Louis Goldman, the partner primarily responsible for the firm’s expansion in Europe, has resigned as the Chicago firm continues its internal restructure. It is understood that it had already been decided that responsibility for the firm’s international expansion […]

Freedom drain

You’d think the HRA was there to promote freedom of expression and you’d be right – so long as you’re a politician and not an artist or in business, that is. Sam Grodzinski reports Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great dissenter of the early 20th century US Supreme Court, once famously said that “the best test […]

Clifford Chance's Harding is Barclays' new legal chief

Barclays Bank has finally secured its new general counsel after a year-long search. It has appointed Clifford Chance banking partner Mark Harding, who will join at the end of June.Harding, who replaces former general counsel Howard Trust, told The Lawyer: “I can’t think of a better English bank to work for.”However, Harding will not have […]

Inadequate facilities are driving Commercial Court cases to France

A senior High Court judge has said that parties are increasingly likely to take their disputes to French courts rather than the Commercial Court because of its poor facilities. Speaking at the Commercial Litigators’ Forum, hosted by Herbert Smith, Mr Justice Colman said that Paris’ Tribune de Commerce may become a more attractive option for […]

Freshfields poised for Barclays coup

Barclays Bank has made a provisional decision to add Freshfields Bruckhaus Derin-ger to its core banking panel after a four-month review. All the firm’s current firms have avoided the chop. The bank’s existing roster of panel firms – Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, DLA, Linklaters, Lovells and Simmons & Simmons – will remain in […]

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