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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 […]


Andrew Clay on whether Millennium Bug legislation is enough.

Andrew Clay is an intellectual property partner at Hammond Suddards. Two Bills are before Parliament which could have a significant impact on how businesses deal with the Millennium Bug. The Government can be applauded for what it has done to increase awareness of the problems that may be caused by the inability of computers to […]

In brief: Rowe & Maw recruits Garretts EC law head

Rowe & Maw has hired Garretts head of EC law, Philip Ruttley, as a partner. A specialist in the dispute resolution system of the World Trade Organisation, Ruttley was previously UN legal adviser on development aid and an EC adviser at HM Treasury Solicitor’s Department.

Simmons dismisses hacker threat to launch intranet first

Simmons & Simmons is set to become the first firm in the UK to link all of its IT systems and confidential information to an intranet. Simmons has emulated the BBC and NatWest Global Markets by buying the US Web-based IT system Open Text Livelink for a “significant six-figure” investment. By next summer, every document […]

In brief: Fast track pre-trial costs regime faces delay

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine confirmed last week that plans to introduce a pre-trial costs regime in fast-track cases – covering actions worth up to #15,000 – will be postponed pending further investigation into the causes of high-cost litigation. But he did confirm that fixed costs for fast track trials would begin in April 1999.

OFT poised to fine UK firms ignorant of EU competition rules

British business has little or no understanding of the radical changes that will affect it if the UK adopts EU-inspired competition laws, says a Cameron McKenna survey of top companies. The survey of 100 leading companies found 57 per cent had taken no action to prepare for impending changes to the competition regime. The legislation […]

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