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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 […]


Ambassador lands advisory role at Akin Gump

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired US ambassador to Belgium, Alan Blinken, as a part-time senior adviser in its Washington DC office. Blinken, who retires in August and was once managing director of investment bank Wertheim Schroder & Co, is a supporter of the Democratic party. He had little experience of […]

Pending Queen's Bench cases

Pending jury cases listed for hearing in the Queen’s Bench Division after October include: Royal Bank of Scotland v Amin; Gaisiance v Commissioner of Police; Martin & anor v News Group Newspapers; GKR Karate UK v Porch; GKR Karate UK v Yorkshire Post & ors.

Renovating the law

The existing housing laws have been described as uncertain and unsatisfactory, but the implementation of new legislation has been hampered by political issues, says Mike Yuille A roof over one’s head may seem to be a citizen’s inalienable right. But in both landlord and tenant law, and the related housing law field, there are still […]

Lawyers at play

Theodore Goddard trainee solicitor Rita Bedi, who is also a professional Indian dancer and amateur dramatist, took the starring role in the City of London Solicitors’ Company’s production of Love’s Labours Lost. Her main ambition, however, lies in practising corporate law.

Bovis is the first to build on CEDR's adjudication scheme

Construction company Bovis has become the first major company to sign up to the Centre for Dispute Resolution’s adjudication scheme. Bovis’s move was prompted by the latest Construction Act, which compels companies to refer disputes to adjudicators. Its in-house legal team, led by Mark Hedderley, reviewed all the adjudication schemes available, including those of the […]

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