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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 […]


A&O bulks up mainland China offering

Underscoring its current focus on mainland China, Allen & Overy (A&O) has moved to relocate four of its Hong Kong-based lawyers to Beijing while hiring a senior associate for its Shanghai office. David Cox will join the magic circle firm as a senior banking associate in Shanghai from Australian firm Minter Ellison. This pushes up […]

Mayer Brown suffers as A&O ramps up New York

Allen & Overy has further ramped up its New York office with the hire of two partners from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Mark Wojciechowski will join the firm as partner and head of North American leveraged finance, accompanied by fellow leveraged finance partner Andrew Mattei. A&O’ global banking head Mike Duncan said: “The leveraged […]

Asteral hire starts ball rolling for legal capability

Managed equipment service provider Asteral has hired a project finance lawyer from Lovells, its first dedicated in-house lawyer. Antoinette Keane, who will report to managing director David Rolfe, will work on procurement negotiations and manage relationships with law firms and banks. “The growth [of the company] means we need a dedicated in-house function,” said Rolfe. […]

DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices

DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices” />DLA Piper is embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in Germany, drawing up plans to boost its number of lawyers in the region by 50 per cent. The firm currently has 100 lawyers in Germany, but regional managing partner Ulrich Juengst has plans to hit 150 through […]

FTSE100 set to demand diversity stats for panels

The Law Society will launch a diversity charter in October that will make FTSE100 companies force law firms to provide diversity data before being appointed to panels. The society held two meetings on 10 and 31 July with representatives from Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Slaughter and May, British Airways, National Grid and Royal […]

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