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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 […]


St John’s criminal team gets Cartered

The knock-on effect of the legal aid reforms has finally struck in a major way, claiming its first victim in the regions. Carter’s legal aid reforms, which are supposedly going to ensure better access to justice, have led to Bristol-based set St John’s Chambers closing its criminal practice. Three of its members have joined Albion […]

Freshfields and Travers bag roles on Close Brothers buy-out

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have landed key roles on the latest potential union of two City financial institutions. Travers Smith is leading advice to stockbroker Cenkos, which last week made an indicative 950 pence-per-share offer for Close Brothers, valuing the investment bank at £1.4bn. Head of corporate finance Spencer Summerfield is leading the […]

Directors’ cut

Increased shareholder power places a greater burden on company directors, say Neil Mirchandani and Rebecca Huntsman Has the liability risk for directors increased or is it business as usual? Is the role of a company director more onerous today than, say, five years ago? To the latter question, many would answer ‘yes’. This year has […]

Lovells sets up domestic Japanese practice with bengoshi hires

Lovells is to enter Japan’s domestic legal market through a merger with local firm Kubota Law & Patent. The existing Tokyo office will bring on bengoshi partner Eiichiro Kubota in addition to seven associates as of 1 January 2008. Lawyers include Mizue Kakiuchi, Yusuke Inui, Masahito Imai, Daisuke Kumagi and Hirotaka Noguchi. Two others have […]

Integration push sparks CMS name-dropping row

CMS name-dropping row” />A rift over identity has broken out among the CMS network just weeks before its nine firms are due to vote on greater integration. The thorniest issue is whether firms should drop their individual names to be branded as just ‘CMS’. Managing partner of Italy’s CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni, Pietro […]

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