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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 […]


Unclear power

The future of nuclear power in the UK is a contentious issue and the recent Energy Review has done little to clarify things for lawyers, says Paul Ryan Over the past two years or so there has been a lot of talk about whether, and how, the UK would embark on a new round of […]

Green card

A resurgence in renewable energy is being helped by transatlantic agreement, but lawyers must be aware of the cross-border legal implications. Michelle Thomas reports Renewable Energy as a defined sector is now truly global, so much so that what happens in one part of world can dramatically affect other jurisdictions. It is an interesting time […]

Former RAC GC Biddle joins Aegis

Media communications and market research company Aegis Group has appointed Mark Biddle as its group general counsel from Aviva. Biddle was previously general counsel for RAC from 2004 until Aviva acquired the company last year. The RAC dramatically slashed its Bristol-based legal services division following Aviva’s takeover, choosing to outsource its solicitors’ practice and uninsured […]

Porsche turns to Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has won Porsche Cars GB as a client, advising the company on all its European events. The instruction is the first major appointment for the firm’s new travel unit, established to advise on travel and tourism law. Part of the firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence group, the unit is seeking to […]

Katy Swaine: Release

A 24-hour helpline, five outreach programmes and valuable drugs campaign work put Release’s legal team at the sharp end of charity law. By Jon Parker Save perhaps San Francisco or Amsterdam, London in the Swinging ’60s was inevitably the birthplace of the world’s first charity for drug users. Launched in 1967 in response to the […]

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