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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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Bingham McCutchen London: profit up

The London office of US firm Bingham McCutchen has boosted profit despite a slight drop in turnover. Average profit per equity partner rose 7.4 per cent from $1.75m to $1.88m and turnover dropped 4.6 per cent from $32.5m to $31m. London managing partner James Roome said: “Restructuring really kicked in towards the end of the […]

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Gatwick disposal gives legal advisers wings

At a time when transactions are few and far between, airline deals have been keeping their advisers busy, what with Ryanair looking to buy Aer Lingus then changing its mind, and British Airways’ talks with Qantas reaching a similar conclusion. Now it is the turn of the airports, with a raft of law firms picking […]

Sidley posts 7.4 per cent revenue increase for 2008

Sidley Austin has hiked revenues by 7.4 per cent for the last financial year. Sidley Austin has hiked revenues by 7.4 per cent for the past financial year. Sidley, the latest US firm to announce its 2008 results, posted an increase in revenue in 2008 from $1.38bn up to $1.48bn. Average profit details are not […]

Manchester launches Admin Court

Manchester’s new Administrative Court was officially launched last week as part of a campaign for more judicial representation outside London. Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff will also open courts this year. Speaking at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Davis Blank Furniss senior partner Peter Heginbotham said: “It makes sense for everyone to have fair access to […]

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Freshfields wins London Olympic gold

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official law firm of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official legal services provider to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog). The firm has been appointed alongside a range […]

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