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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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Where can you find an accountant, a trichologist and a career profiler? With expert witnesses hitting the headlines in the OJ Simpson and Rosemary West cases, this year’s Expert Witness event at the Barbican Centre’s Red Hall on 29-30 November is happening at just the right time. The event has attracted almost 80 exhibitors to […]

Broker serves Lloyd's writ

LONDON firm Memery Crystal is acting for John Donner, the retired Lloyd’s broker and underwriter, in a major legal action against the Society of Lloyd’s and nine senior individuals in the market. A writ has been served claiming breach of fiduciary duty. The action is based on a series of detailed allegations by Donner of […]

Concerns remain on divorce

FAMILY lawyers have applauded Lord Mackay for his “political courage” in pushing divorce law reform and domestic violence issues to the fore of the Queen’s Speech. But although the Lord Chancellor’s plans to remove fault from the divorce process and encourage mediation have now received official approval, some areas of the new Family Law Bill […]

Norton Rose shakes up Moscow office

NORTON Rose this week carries out a complete overhaul of its Moscow practice, hiring Boodle Hatfield partner Simon Renton and building a London-based Russia group. Renton’s appointment as Moscow managing partner marks the third move for the corporate and commercial lawyer since his 1993 departure from McKenna & Co. Prior to leaving McKennas he was […]

Report finds 'Boys club' in fine form

THE OLD boy network continues to thrive among the legal profession according to the third in a series of reports carried out by the Policy Studies Institute. The report, to be released this week, will echo past studies by saying firms show a strong preference for Oxbridge graduates and applicants for training contracts have a […]

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