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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 […]


Linklaters boasts most £1m-plus earners in City

Linklaters has more partners than any other firm in the City earning in excess of £1m a year, exclusive research has revealed. The firm has a stunning 124 partners who pocketed upwards of £1m during the past financial year. Slaughter and May was the magic circle firm’s closest rival, with 90 partners earning more than […]

Latham focuses on India with Davis Polk raid

Latham & Watkins has bolstered its Singapore office, adding Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate attorney Rajiv Gupta as of counsel as the firm moves to ramp up its offering to India. Gupta previously worked in Davis Polk’s Hong Kong office, and specialises in representing investment banks and issuers on debt, convertible bonds and derivatives products. […]

Martineaus wins £1.7m from landlord

Midlands firm Martineau Johnson has received a £1.7m windfall from its Birmingham landlord following a breach of covenant. The payoff comes after regional rival Cobbetts moved into the 193,000sq ft One Colmore Square office at the same time as Martineaus in September 2004, which was in breach of a contract struck between Martineaus and landlord […]

Dickinson Dees in Standard Life conveyancing win

Dickinson Dees has won a competitive tender to bag the key role advising Standard Life on its entire national commercial conveyancing portfolio. Under the three-year contract announced today (22 August), the Newcastle-based firm expects to handle over 350 cases a year across England and Wales for the pension and investment specialist. Commercial property associate Joe […]

Waste opportunities

Radioactive waste is a major concern with nuclear energy, and strict legal control on any future solutions will be needed to deal with it. Matthew Williams and Lis Blunsdon report All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.” So proclaimed Ronald Reagan in a somewhat simplistic […]

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