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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 […]


Freshfields goes native with Italian management

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to shake-up its Rome and Milan management with the introduction of an all-Italian line-up. In September, Milan-based capital markets partner Bruno Castellini will replace Mario Ortu as co-office managing partner. While in Rome, Raffaele Lener, a financial services partner, will become the office administrator, taking over from partner Fabrizio Arossa […]

Freshfields takes the Tube for £30m on PPP project

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reaped almost £30m in fees on the three controversial London Underground public-private partnerships (PPPs), it has emerged. According to a report published by the National Audit Office last Thursday (17 June), the magic circle firm earned £29.2m in fees over a period of five years. Meanwhile, London Underground’s financial adviser Pricewaterhouse-Coopers pocketed […]

Team goes to Gardner Carton as Lovells dumps Chicago litigation

Lovells is closing its niche commodities and securities litigation practice in Chicago, a move that will lead to the departure of litigation partner Timothy Carey and two associates. Carey and his team will join Gardner Carton & Douglas, a financial markets litigation practice, next month. The Chicago office has six other partners who concentrate on […]

Clarke Willmott handed HM Customs mandate

Bristol’s Clarke Willmott has scooped the role as sole legal adviser to HM Customs & Excise on debt recovery cases for England and Wales. The firm, led by partner Stephen Allison, triumphed in a competitive tender over a host of firms, including previous legal advisers DLA, Lees Lloyd Whitley and London outfit Moon Beever. The […]

White & Case capital markets in disarray over European strategy

White & Case’s London capital markets group is in a state of turmoil after the partner charged with restructuring the European practice has quit after just six months at the firm. The departure of former Linklaters capital markets expert Lee Parker coincides with a change in management within the London group. Partner David Barwise has been […]

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