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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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Latham raids Bonelli for Italian push

Latham & Watkins is bolstering its Italian practice with the hire of five partners from local Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo. Partners Andrea Novarese, Maria Cristina Storchi, Fabio Coppola, Tommaso Amirante and Simone Monesi will bulk up Latham’s M&A and banking and finance capabilities in Milan. This brings the total partner headcount in Milan to […]

Lovells hires real estate expert in Madrid

Lovells has made a further hire in its Madrid office with the addition of Carlos Bardavío as a senior associate. Bardavio joins from Portugese shopping centre company Sonae Sierra, where he was head of legal affairs in Spain. He joins Lovells’ real estate practice, which is headed by senior lawyer Emilio Gómez Delgado. Bardavio’s hire […]

Dickinson Dees shores up insolvency

Dickinson Dees has plundered North East rival Watson Burton to replenish its insolvency team following the retirement of long-serving insolvency partner and head of banking Gordon Sanderson. Watson Burton will lose its only insolvency partner, the highly rated Julian Gill, to Dickinsons by next May at the latest. Watson Burton Newcastle managing partner Gillian Hall […]

Shepherd grows partnership to 70

Scottish-headquartered firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its growing roster of partners to 70 following the appointment of Patricia Hawthorn as its new planning and environment partner. Hawthorn, based in the firm’s Glasgow office, is part of the Scottish executive committee of the Environment Services Association and boasts a wealth ofexperience in both the waste […]

CC waits on Bloxham for pensions overhaul

Clifford Chance stalled the review of its early retirement packages while it awaited the outcome of the age discrimination case brought against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham, The Lawyer can reveal. Currently Clifford Chance allows any partner made up before 2005 to take early retirement at the age of 55 and […]

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